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Definition of cleave:

  1. To adhere closely; to stick; to hold fast; to cling.
  2. To fit; to be adapted; to assimilate.
  3. To part or divide by force; to split or rive; to cut.
  4. To part or open naturally; to divide.
  5. To part; to open; to crack; to separate; as parts of bodies; as, the ground cleaves by frost.
  6. To unite or be united closely in interest or affection; to adhere with strong attachment.

Synonyms:

hang, vex, break up, lacerate, split, bind, carve, deposit, mystify, nonplus, rive, hold fast, amaze, cling, stand by, dissever, stick around, break open, bond, pose, carve up, stick to, bewilder, stay, wedge, split up, gravel, cohere, burst, stay put, stupefy, mangle, beat, lodge, pull, adhere, dumbfound, puzzle, stick by, assemble, flummox, hew, get, baffle, sting, perplex, stick.

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