part

noun
\ ˈpärt How to pronounce part (audio) \

Definition of part

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1a(1) : one of the often indefinite or unequal subdivisions into which something is or is regarded as divided and which together constitute the whole … the road was passable only part of the year …— Samuel Johnson
(2) : an essential portion or integral element Change is an inevitable part of life.
b : one of several or many equal units of which something is composed or into which it is divisible : an amount equal to another amount mix one part of the powder with three parts of water
c(1) : an exact divisor of a quantity : aliquot
d : one of the constituent elements of a plant or animal body: such as
(1) : organ, member The stomach is part of the digestive system.
(2) parts plural : private parts
e : a division of a literary work a novel in four parts
f(1) : a vocal or instrumental line or melody in concerted music or in harmony
(2) : a particular voice or instrument in concerted music also : the score for it the violin part
g : a constituent member of a machine or other apparatus the parts of an airplane also : a spare part automobile parts
2 : something falling to one in a division or apportionment : share wanted no part of the proposal
3 : one's share or allotted task (as in an action) : duty one must do one's part
4 : one of the opposing sides in a conflict or dispute he that is not against us is on our part — Mark 9:40 (King James Version)
5 : a general area of indefinite boundaries usually used in plural you're not from around these partstook off for parts unknown
6 : a function or course of action performed objected to the government's part in the strike
7a : an actor's lines in a play, movie, etc. The actress learned her part well.
b : the role of a character in a play, movie, etc. played the part of the villain
8 : a constituent of character or capacity : talent a man of many parts
9 : the line where the hair is parted His part was on the left side of his head.
for one's part
: as far as one's share or interest is concerned for my part, I do not see that the difference is important— Mary McCarthy
for the most part
: in general : on the whole for the most part the crowd was orderly
in part
: in some degree : partially
on one's part or on the part of one
: with regard to the one specified

part

verb
parted; parting; parts

Definition of part (Entry 2 of 5)

intransitive verb

1a : to separate from or take leave of someone
b : to take leave of one another
2 : to become separated into parts
3a : to go away : depart
b : die
4 : to become separated, detached, or broken
5 : to relinquish possession or control hated to part with that money

transitive verb

1a : to divide into parts
b : to separate by combing on each side of a line
c : to break or suffer the breaking of (something, such as a rope or anchor chain)
2 : to divide into shares and distribute : apportion
3a : to remove from contact or association if aught but death part thee and me — Ruth 1:17 (King James Version)
b : to keep separate the narrow channel that parts England from France
c : to hold (people, such as brawlers) apart
d : to separate by a process of extraction, elimination, or secretion
4a archaic : leave, quit
b dialectal British : relinquish, give up
part company
1 : to end a relationship or association
2 : to diverge from another (as in opinion) often used with with

part

adverb

Definition of part (Entry 3 of 5)

: partly

part

adjective

Definition of part (Entry 4 of 5)

Definition of part (Entry 5 of 5)

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Synonyms & Antonyms for part

Synonyms: Noun

member, partition, portion, section, segment

Synonyms: Verb

branch (out), diverge, divide, fork, separate, spread

Synonyms: Adverb

half, halfway, incompletely, partially, partly, partway

Antonyms: Verb

converge, join

Antonyms: Adverb

all, altogether, completely, entirely, fully, perfectly, quite, totally, utterly, wholly

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Noun

part, portion, piece, member, division, section, segment, fragment mean something less than the whole. part is a general term appropriate when indefiniteness is required. they ran only part of the way portion implies an assigned or allotted part. cut the pie into six portions piece applies to a separate or detached part of a whole. a puzzle with 500 pieces member suggests one of the functional units composing a body. a structural member division applies to a large or diversified part. the manufacturing division of the company section applies to a relatively small or uniform part. the entertainment section of the newspaper segment applies to a part separated or marked out by or as if by natural lines of cleavage. the retired segment of the population fragment applies to a part produced by or as if by breaking off. only a fragment of the play still exists

Verb

separate, part, divide, sever, sunder, divorce mean to become or cause to become disunited or disjointed. separate may imply any of several causes such as dispersion, removal of one from others, or presence of an intervening thing. separated her personal life from her career part implies the separating of things or persons in close union or association. vowed never to part divide implies separating into pieces or sections by cutting or breaking. civil war divided the nation sever implies violence especially in the removal of a part or member. a severed limb sunder suggests violent rending or wrenching apart. a city sundered by racial conflict divorce implies separating two things that commonly interact and belong together. cannot divorce scientific research from moral responsibility

Noun

part, portion, and section mean something less than the whole to which it belongs. part is used when something is taken away from the whole or thought of as being separate from the rest. A part of the room is used for storage. portion is used when a whole has been divided into assigned parts. Cut the pie into six portions. section is used if the parts of the whole are recognizable and have been separated by or as if by cutting. This newspaper has four sections.

Examples of part in a Sentence

Noun

The entire book is good, but the best part is the ending. I don't remember him saying that. I must have missed that part. The mechanic had to order the part from the manufacturer. The parts of a radio include the speaker, dials, and antenna. Do you have any spare parts for this model of car? the moving parts of the machine parts of the human body My favorite part of the chicken is the drumstick. a diagram labeling the different parts of the flower Come join us and be part of a winning team.

Verb

The crowd parted to let the president through. The rain stopped and the clouds parted. The big red curtains parted to reveal a new car! The Bible tells the story of how God parted the Red Sea. She closed her eyes and parted her lips. She parts her hair on the side. His dark hair was parted down the middle. The two lovers parted at dawn. Tomorrow we shall part and, I fear, never see each other again. She couldn't bear the thought of parting from her family.

Adverb

The story is part science and part fiction. The Chimera is a monster in Greek mythology that is part lion, part goat, and part serpent.

Adjective

The claim is a part truth—there is more to the story than they are telling you.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The rate was also slightly higher in the South compared to other parts of the country. SELF, "The Complicated Reality of Buying Abortion Pills Online," 8 Apr. 2019 Serena's been a big part of the Duchess of Sussex's life over the last five years, and even provides tough love when needed. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Serena Williams Explains How She Thinks Meghan Markle Will Handle Motherhood," 4 Apr. 2019 The Xbox Live integration was actually just a small part of what Microsoft's calling Game Stack, a set of developer tools that includes Visual Studio, Mixer, DirectX, Azure App Center, Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code, and Havok. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft ports Xbox Live to Android, iOS to extend the reach of Xbox," 14 Mar. 2019 We are taught to hate the more stereotypically Black magnificent parts of us in certain scenarios and to try to be proudly stereotypical as possible in others, for better or for worse. Thomas Page Mcbee, Teen Vogue, "Kendrick Sampson on Masculinity, Race, and Why Men Should Be More Vulnerable," 26 Mar. 2019 Aurora-hunting now is patience, part constant refreshing. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Keep on Chasing the Northern Lights," 25 Mar. 2019 Also, during certain parts of the treatment your skin is pulled taut, so even a light press on a full bladder can be uncomfortable. Amber Katz, Glamour, "12 Things Your Bikini Waxer Wants You to Know," 24 Mar. 2019 Power returned sporadically to parts of the country after electricity first went out on Thursday afternoon. Ryan Dube, WSJ, "Massive Power Outages Turn Deadly in Venezuela," 10 Mar. 2019 The panel tackled a number of crucial issues, with feminism forming a big part of the conversation. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Avoids Newspapers and Twitter Following Racist Abuse," 9 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The couple announced their decision to part ways in April. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jenna Dewan Reportedly "Showed Off PDA" with Her New Man at a Halloween Party," 29 Oct. 2018 Her hair was parted in the middle and included just a touch of waviness at the ends. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Beyoncé Wore Silver Lipstick," 23 Oct. 2018 Mainz have since tied the player down to a five-year deal, having parted with the sum of €10m in order to secure the transfer. SI.com, "Huddersfield Miss Out on French Defensive Target After He Joins Bundesliga Outfit Mainz," 9 July 2018 Miller came to the Diamondbacks in a highly controversial trade with the Atlanta Braves in December 2015, a deal that likely played a big part in ownership’s decision to part ways with that front office regime less than a year later. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks' Shelby Miller set to make return from elbow surgery," 21 June 2018 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) and BSA announced their intention to part ways on Dec. 31, 2019, in a joint statement released Tuesday night. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "Mormon church to sever its 105-year-old ties to the Boy Scouts at end of 2019," 8 May 2018 The seas parted in the West standings--due to injuries to Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler--and Lillard carried the Blazers through with another trademark late-season surge. Sean Meagher, OregonLive.com, "Watch: Trail Blazers Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum react to clinching 3-seed, facing New Orleans Pelicans," 12 Apr. 2018 Canada also brought Moss to LSU but the Tigers and Canada parted ways in December. Andrew Lopez, NOLA.com, "LSU football's Thaddeus Moss, son of Randy Moss, out to make name for himself," 12 Apr. 2018 From Oscar’s love of trash and smelly socks to Ernie’s refusal to part with his beloved rubber duckie for anything in the world, characters are unabashedly themselves. Michael Taube, WSJ, "Sesame Is a Two-Way Street," 10 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

François Girard’s take — part mysterious, part mystifying — on Wagner’s last opera is one of the Met’s most interesting productions of the last decade or so, and returns for the first time since its premiere in 2013. David Allen, New York Times, "Classical Music in NYC This Week," 1 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

However, getting visibly nervous part way through, said employee beckoned her Goop supervisor to join her, which turned out to be none other than Paltrow herself. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gwyneth Paltrow Just Made a Surprise 'Saturday Night Live' Appearance as a Goop Employee," 10 Mar. 2019 Friday lunch is one of the most remarkable dining experiences in the country, part century-old tradition, part boozy revelry. Paul Oswell, Condé Nast Traveler, "21 Best Restaurants in New Orleans," 28 Feb. 2018 The song, written by two Parkland students, was part anthem, part rallying cry, expressing their pain in the wake of one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern US history. Madison Park, CNN, "Marjory Stoneman Douglas students sing 'Seasons of Love' in emotional performance at Tony Awards," 10 June 2018 The song, written by two Parkland students, was part anthem, part rallying cry, expressing their pain in the wake of one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern US history. Madison Park, CNN, "Marjory Stoneman Douglas students sing 'Seasons of Love' in emotional performance at Tony Awards," 10 June 2018 The song, written by two Parkland students, was part anthem, part rallying cry, expressing their pain in the wake of one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern US history. Madison Park, CNN, "Marjory Stoneman Douglas students sing 'Seasons of Love' in emotional performance at Tony Awards," 10 June 2018 The song, written by two Parkland students, was part anthem, part rallying cry, expressing their pain in the wake of one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern US history. Madison Park, CNN, "Marjory Stoneman Douglas students sing 'Seasons of Love' in emotional performance at Tony Awards," 10 June 2018 The song, written by two Parkland students, was part anthem, part rallying cry, expressing their pain in the wake of one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern US history. Madison Park, CNN, "Marjory Stoneman Douglas students sing 'Seasons of Love' in emotional performance at Tony Awards," 10 June 2018 The song, written by two Parkland students, was part anthem, part rallying cry, expressing their pain in the wake of one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern US history. Madison Park, CNN, "Marjory Stoneman Douglas students sing 'Seasons of Love' in emotional performance at Tony Awards," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of part

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for part

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Old English, both from Latin part-, pars; perhaps akin to Latin parare to prepare — more at pare

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French partir, from Latin partire to divide, from part-, pars

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part

noun

English Language Learners Definition of part

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: one of the pieces, sections, qualities, etc., that make or form something
: one of the pieces that are put together to form a machine
: one of the pieces or areas of the body of a plant or animal

part

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of part (Entry 2 of 3)

: somewhat but not completely : to some extent or in some degree

part

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of part (Entry 3 of 3)

: not complete or total

part

noun
\ ˈpärt How to pronounce part (audio) \

Kids Definition of part

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : one of the sections into which something is divided This is the best part of the movie. That wasn't part of our agreement.
2 : some of something My dog is part husky. I spent part of my day reading.
3 : a general area She moved to another part of the state.
4 : a piece of a machine
5 : one of the sides or aspects The best part of camp is making new friends.
6 : the role of a character in a play
7 : a line along which the hair is divided
8 : a person's share or duty I did my part for the team.
9 : the music for a voice or instrument the soprano part
10 : a voice or instrument four-part harmony
11 : a piece of a plant or animal body
for the most part
: with few exceptions : on the whole They were, for the most part, very pleased.

part

verb
parted; parting

Kids Definition of part (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to leave each other They parted at the intersection.
2 : to separate the hair by combing on each side of a line
3 : to give up possession of She won't part with her money.
4 : to hold apart He parted the curtains.
5 : to come apart The crowd parted to let us through.
6 : to divide into parts

part.

abbreviation

Kids Definition of part.

participle

part

noun
\ ˈpärt How to pronounce part (audio) \

Medical Definition of part

1 : one of several or many like units into which something is divided or of which it is composed : a proportional division or ingredient mix the powder with three parts of water
2 : a portion of an animal body: as
a : an essential anatomical element : organ, member the chief parts of the digestive system are the esophagus, stomach, intestine, and associated glands
b : an indefinite area or one lacking or not considered in respect to a natural boundary bathe the affected part with warm water

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