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Meaning & Definition of Cleave in English

English

Cleave

/kliv/

verb

1. Separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument

  • "Cleave the bone"
    synonym:
  • cleave
  • ,
  • split
  • ,
  • rive

2. Make by cutting into

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

3. Come or be in close contact with

  • Stick or hold together and resist separation
  • "The dress clings to her body"
  • "The label stuck to the box"
  • "The sushi rice grains cohere"
    synonym:
  • cling
  • ,
  • cleave
  • ,
  • adhere
  • ,
  • stick
  • ,
  • cohere