greater/better/more than the sum of its parts

Definition of greater/better/more than the sum of its parts

  1. —used to say that something is better or more effective as a team, combination, etc., than would be expected when looking at the different parts that form it The team lacks standout players, but it has proved to be greater than the sum of its parts.

Word by Word Definitions

greaterplay
  1. :  consisting of a central city together with adjacent areas that are naturally or administratively connected with it

betterplay
  1. : comparative ofgood

    :  greater than half

    :  improved in health or mental attitude

  1. :  to make better (see 1better): such as

    :  to make more tolerable or acceptable

    :  to make more complete or perfect

  1. : comparative ofwell

    :  in a more excellent manner

    :  to greater advantage :  preferably

  1. :  something better (see 1better)

    :  a superior especially in merit or rank

    :  advantage, victory

  1. :  had better (see 3better 1b)

moreplay
  1. :  greater

    :  additional, further

  1. :  in addition

    :  moreover

  1. :  a greater quantity, number, or amount

    :  something additional :  an additional amount

    :  persons of higher rank

  1. :  additional persons or things or a greater amount

  1. :  an indefinite or specified amount of money

    :  the whole amount :  aggregate

    :  the utmost degree :  summit

  1. :  to calculate the sum of :  total

    :  summarize

    :  to reach a sum :  amount

partplay parts
  1. :  one of the often indefinite or unequal subdivisions into which something is or is regarded as divided and which together constitute the whole

    :  an essential portion or integral element

    :  one of several or many equal units of which something is composed or into which it is divisible :  an amount equal to another amount

  1. :  to separate from or take leave of someone

    :  to take leave of one another

    :  to become separated into parts

  1. :  partly

  1. :  partial


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