1di·vorce /dəˈvoɚs/ noun plural di·vorc·es
the ending of a marriage by a legal process [count
] ▪ Since getting a divorce, she has been raising her children alone. ▪ They went through a lengthy/messy divorce.
] ▪ Their marriage ended in divorce. ▪ They are filing for divorce. [=they are filing a paper with the courts asking that their marriage be legally ended] ▪ Financial problems are a leading cause of divorce.
— often used before another noun ▪ a divorce lawyer/court ▪ a high divorce rate ▪ divorce proceedings
] formal :
a complete separation between two things — usually singular ▪ a divorce between theory and practice