how to pronounce cleave


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cleave is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of cleave in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… and used ozonolysis to cleave a double …”

meanings of cleave


  1. To split.
  2. To break a single crystal (such as a gemstone or semiconductor wafer) along one of its more symmetrical crystallographic planes (often by impact), forming facets on the resulting pieces.
  3. To cling, adhere or stick fast to something; used with to or unto.
  4. To make or accomplish by or as if by cutting.
  5. To split (a complex molecule) into simpler molecules.
  6. To split or sever something with, or as if with, a sharp instrument.
  7. Of a crystal, to split along a natural plane of division.


  1. Flat, smooth surface produced by cleavage, or any similar surface produced by similar techniques, as in glass.

cleave frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word cleave occurs in english on average 0.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics cleave can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that cleave can be often used in the following areas:

1) education, science, and technology;

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