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Meaning of tocleave by Wiktionary Dictionary

tocleave


    Etymology

    From Middle English tocleven, frm Old English tōclēofan ( “to split apart, cleave asunder” ), from Proto-Germanic *tō-kliubanan ( “to split apart” ), equivalent to to- +‎ cleave ( “to split” ). Cognate with Old High German zechluiban ( “to split apart, cleave asunder” ) .

    Verb

    to tocleave ( third-person singular simple present tocleaves present participle tocleaving, simple past toclove, tocleft, or tocleaved, past participle tocloven, tocleft, or tocleaved )

    1. ( transitive, dialectal, obsolete ) To divide; split open; cleave asunder .
    2. ( intransitive, dialectal, obsolete ) To split apart; break .

    See also

    • tocleave in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911