im·​part | \im-ˈpärt \
imparted; imparting; imparts

Definition of impart 

transitive verb

1 : to give, convey, or grant from or as if from a store her experience imparted authority to her words the flavor imparted by herbs

2 : to communicate the knowledge of : disclose imparted my scheme to no one

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Other Words from impart

impartation \ ˌim-​ˌpär-​ˈtā-​shən \ noun
impartment \ im-​ˈpärt-​mənt \ noun

Examples of impart in a Sentence

Her presence imparted a sense of importance to the meeting. The oil imparts a distinctive flavor to the sauce. The chemicals imparted a bluish color to the paper.
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The dough is fermented for 36 to 48 hours, a length of time that imparts greater flavor. Devra First,, "Learning how to make Bertucci’s beloved rolls," 18 June 2018 Stewart's colors also shine in their detail, shading and ability to impart some energy into the book, especially during action scenes. Will Nevin,, "TBT #40: New Nancy Drew, sci-fi and more coming in comics," 13 June 2018 The likeness is transformed by curly Roman-style hair, far removed from the 18th-century coif that imparts the iconic Sphinx-like appearance to the Frick’s Gilbert Stuart portrait hanging nearby, not to mention the version on the dollar bill. Barrymore Laurence Scherer, WSJ, "‘Canova’s George Washington’ Review: The Very Model of a Lost Masterpiece," 9 June 2018 Fresh kombu seaweed — a flavorful, oceanic overlay that imparts umami and important minerals such as iron and calcium to the broth — was foraged that morning from Carmet Beach, also in Bodega. Leilani Marie Labong, San Francisco Chronicle, "Start a tradition with a Bodega beach clambake," 11 May 2018 As for the need to impart wholesome values, youngsters should not be the priority. The Economist, "If national service is so good, everyone should do it," 5 July 2018 Brenner added that the Acorns card’s weight and sleek design is meant to impart a sense of status in the same way as the Chase card or the American Express Centurion charge card, known as the black card. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "The Latest Must-Have for Millennials? Fancy Debit Cards," 1 July 2018 Maybe football isn’t the vessel to impart every valuable life lesson into your child. Ray Boyd,, "An Eagles Super Bowl becomes a gift for dads this Father's Day," 14 June 2018 Zimmermann and cinematographer Gerald Kerkletz, most famous for his work on Cannes competition title Michael from Markus Schleinzer, enforce their rigid formal choice throughout, which imparts a sense of detached and almost objective calmness. Boyd Van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Walden': Film Review | Karlovy Vary 2018," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of impart

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for impart

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French empartir, from Latin impartire, from in- + partire to divide, part

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English Language Learners Definition of impart

: to give (something, such as a quality) to a thing

: to make (something) known to someone


im·​part | \im-ˈpärt \
imparted; imparting

Kids Definition of impart

1 : to give or grant from or as if from a supply The sun imparts warmth.

2 : to make known She imparted the news.

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