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bifurcate (verb) (of roads, rivers, etc.) to divide into two parts; fork.

When a river or a road branches off into two, it is bifurcated. If the branch of a tree forks out, that is, branches off further, it bifurcates. When an organization's operations are divided in two, they are bifurcated. The communications department has been bifurcated into posts and telecommunications. This means that the communication department has been divided into two separate departments, namely the department of posts, and of telecommunications.

  • After flowing for two hundred miles, at the point where it enters the plains, the river bifurcates around the hillock in its course.
  • The monkey sat at the point where the branch bifurcated and was hardly aware of the approach of the Cheetah.
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