Definition of rive in English:


verbpast tense rived/rīvd/ , past participle riven/ˈrivən/

usually be riven
  • 1 literary Split or tear apart violently.

    ‘the party was riven by disagreements over Europe’
    • ‘he was riven with guilt’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Since the middle of the 19th century, the world of ‘classical music’ has been a world riven with political factions and contentious publicity.’
    • ‘His work forms a single entity that is full of life, intelligent and open-minded, yet riven with doubt, idiosyncrasy, and contradiction.’
    torn apart, split, rent, ripped apart, ruptured, severed
    1. 1.1 archaic Split or crack (wood or stone)
      • ‘the wood was riven with deep cracks’
    2. 1.2 archaic no object (of wood or stone) split or crack.
      • ‘I started to chop furiously, the dry wood riving and splintering under the axe’



/rīv/ /raɪv/


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