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Definitions and Synonyms of cleave | Another word for cleave | What is cleave?

Definition 1: separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument - [verb of contact]

Samples where cleave or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • cleave the bone

Synonyms for cleave in the sense of this definition

(cleave is a kind of ...) to separate or be separated by force

"planks were in danger of being torn from the crossbars"

(... is a kind of cleave ) split (wood) with a maul and wedges

(... is a kind of cleave ) split (wood) into thin sheets

(cleave has a similar meaning as ...) make by cutting into

"The water is going to cleave a channel into the rock"

Definition 2: make by cutting into - [verb of contact]

Samples where cleave or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The water is going to cleave a channel into the rock

(cleave is a kind of ...) make or cause to be or to become

"make a mess in one's office" "create a furor"

(cleave implies ...) separate with or as if with an instrument

"Cut the rope"

(cleave has a similar meaning as ...) separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument

"cleave the bone"

Definition 3: come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation - [verb of contact]

Samples where cleave or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The dress clings to her body
  • The label stuck to the box
  • The sushi rice grains cohere

Synonyms for cleave in the sense of this definition

(cleave is a kind of ...) be in direct physical contact with; make contact

"The two buildings touch" "Their hands touched" "The wire must not contact the metal cover" "The surfaces contact at this point"

(... is a kind of cleave ) fit tightly, follow the contours of

"The dress molds her beautiful figure"

(... is a kind of cleave ) stick together

"the edges of the wound conglutinated"

(... is a kind of cleave ) clump together; as of bacteria, red blood cells, etc.

(cleave implies ...) become attached

"The spider's thread attached to the window sill"

(cleave has a similar meaning as ...) stick to firmly

"Will this wallpaper adhere to the wall?"

(cleave has a similar meaning as ...) fasten with an adhesive material like glue

"stick the poster onto the wall"

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