v. rived, riv·en (rĭvən) also rived, riv·ing, rives
1. To rend or tear apart.
2. To break into pieces, as by a blow; cleave or split asunder.
3. To break or distress (the spirit, for example).
To be or become split.
[Middle English riven, from Old Norse rīfa.]
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