im·​part | \ im-ˈpärt How to pronounce impart (audio) \
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 How to pronounce impartation (audio) \ noun
impartment \ im-​ˈpärt-​mənt How to pronounce impartment (audio) \ 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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Vaughn, whose Liberty and Winters Mill high school girls lacrosse teams won 339 games and 12 county titles, was thus an ideal person to impart lacrosse wisdom to her players. Mike Nortrup,, "Rec Sports Spotlight: Check-Hers 2023 ‘had a lot of fun’ during spring/summer lacrosse season," 27 July 2019 Jordan, on the other hand, imparts a sense of continuity: there is no conflict between its ancient character and its modern one. Andrew Solomon, Condé Nast Traveler, "Traveling Through Jordan’s Historic Ruins, Red Dunes, and Dead Sea," 24 July 2019 That crystalline structure imparts mechanical properties that are useful for catalysis, gas storage, and drug delivery, for example. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Watch this paper doll do sit-ups thanks to new kind of “artificial muscle”," 21 July 2019 While air temperatures are roughly the same across the state, the Atlantic Ocean imparts extra moisture on southeasterly air. Jordan Wilkerson, Dallas News, "Scorching heatwaves projected to get more intense and more frequent in Dallas, study says," 16 July 2019 If your grill has stainless steel exterior surfaces, a good stainless steel cleaner (or vinegar) imparts an extra shine. Joe Lindsey, Popular Mechanics, "How to Clean Your BBQ Grill," 14 May 2019 Yet Selena also took the opportunity to impart some wisdom to her young (and not so young) fans who might be having a hard time doing so. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez Talked About Her New Album and Struggles From Her Disney Channel Past," 24 Apr. 2019 Both Smith siblings, Jaden and Willow, will be on hand to perform and impart cosmic wisdom. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "15 Pop Music Festivals to Catch This Summer," 17 May 2018 The list explained orange wine as a white wine that is made like a red; the skins and seeds, left to macerate in the juice for a while, impart color and texture. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "How the Orange-Wine Fad Became an Irresistible Assault on Pleasure," 7 Sep. 2019

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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 How to pronounce impart (audio) \
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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