- Word Parts
|part of speech:
||the act of cleaving or the state of being cleaved.
||the tendency to split along certain definite lines, as in some stones.
- similar words:
||the space between a woman's breasts, esp. when revealed by a low-cut garment.
||the splitting of an organization into opposing groups, as from conflicting ideas; faction.
The word cleavage
contains the following part:
that means act, process, or result of (the action indicated by the verb base)
More about this word part:
The suffix -age
attaches primarily to bases that are English verbs to form nouns. Base-final y becomes i and base-final silent e is dropped before ľage (carry + -age
, store + -age
) Some nouns ending in -age
are loan words from French (voyage
) whose bases are Latin roots.