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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impartment \ im-​ˈpärt-​mənt How to pronounce impart (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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Recent Examples on the Web Don’t give in to the temptation to use olive or vegetable oil, which can go rancid and impart off-flavors to your food. Washington Post, "How to care for your wood cutting board so it lasts a lifetime," 1 Mar. 2021 Slight chocolate notes, as the style can impart, with the coffee layered in there but not overwhelming. Marc Bona, cleveland, "11 beers from 11 states for February, from Mardi Gras Bock to big Stouts," 7 Feb. 2021 Each pinging photon of light would impart a slight momentum to the sail and its cargo; in the microgravity vacuum of space, the torrent of photons unleashed by a gigawatt-class laser would rapidly push a nanocraft to relativistic speeds. Lee Billings, Scientific American, "$100-Million Plan Will Send Probes to the Nearest Star," 12 Apr. 2016 The ale is made with juniper berries, which impart a nice dryness on the finish and yield slight pine. Marc Bona, cleveland, "11 beers from 11 states for February, from Mardi Gras Bock to big Stouts," 7 Feb. 2021 Although much of the interior of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is managed by curators, First Families can impart their sensibility in subtle — and sometimes dramatic — ways. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Biden Blue Comes to the White House," 2 Feb. 2021 House said that video study of Brett Favre, the Packers Hall of Fame quarterback under whom Rodgers studied for three years, revealed ideal form to impart ideal spin. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady look to spin cold-weather success," 21 Jan. 2021 Sometimes best friends are the only ones who can impart hard truths, even when evidence is staring me straight in the face — or, in this case, squeezing just a little too tightly. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, "If you added some pandemic pounds in 2020, try setting goals and changing habits in 2021," 2 Jan. 2021 Chinese grandmas are goals, with many valuable lessons to impart and embrace. Fawnia Soo Hoo,, "From Chinatown Pretty To Nora From Queens, Chinese Grandmas Are 2020’s Fashion Icons," 2 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of impart was in the 15th century

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6 Mar 2021

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“Impart.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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