Definition of rive in English:

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Pronunciation: /rīv/

verb (past rived /rīvd/; past participle riven /ˈrivən/)

(usually be riven)
1Split or tear apart violently: the party was riven by disagreements over Europe figurative he was riven with guilt
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  • Despite his position on the progressive wing, he emerged as leader of a party riven with internal divisions in 1976.
  • The negotiating process usually starts during the summer and leaves the cabinet riven with dispute as ministers fight it out with Minister for Finance for resources.
  • Although Disney's company was riven with conflicts after his death, the firm emerged in the mid-1980s as the prototype of a successful international media conglomerate.
torn apart, split, rent, severed
literary cleft, torn asunder
1.1 archaic Split or crack (wood or stone): the wood was riven with deep cracks
1.2 [no object] archaic (Of wood or stone) split or crack: I started to chop furiously, the dry wood riving and splintering under the ax


Middle English: from Old Norse rífa, of unknown ultimate origin.

Words that rhyme with rive

alive, arrive, chive, Clive, connive, contrive, deprive, dive, drive, five, gyve, hive, I've, jive, live, MI5, revive, shrive, skive, strive, survive, swive, thrive

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Syllabification: rive

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