\ ˈpärt How to pronounce part (audio) \
plural parts

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 pluralyou'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 — see also take part
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


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



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Synonyms & Antonyms for part

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adverb

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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


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

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 But that’s not part of these talks, the city’s lead negotiator said. oregonlive, "Police contract talks open with Portland seeking ability to speak publicly about alleged officer misconduct, discipline from performance evals," 14 Jan. 2021 Chiu’s presentation, part of a UCSF roundtable discussion, came amid growing concern about the discovery of several new variants many months into the pandemic. Tatiana Sanchez,, "Concern mounts about highly contagious new coronavirus variants, even as California struggles to distribute vaccine," 14 Jan. 2021 Most of the time their messages have been relatively innocuous, part of the broader millenarian outlook shared among most major religious traditions. Matthew Avery Sutton, The New Republic, "The Capitol Riot Revealed the Darkest Nightmares of White Evangelical America," 14 Jan. 2021 According to attendees, the response was polite but hardly enthusiastic, no surprise given that old-school labor union people made up a major part of the Democratic contingent in the room. Gilbert Garcia,, "Garcia: Fix SAPD petition drive spurs questions on the best route to police reform," 14 Jan. 2021 It’s part of the reason why Doumbouya logged 5:11 and 4:53 minutes in his past two games. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons still can't solve Milwaukee Bucks despite Jerami Grant's excellence," 14 Jan. 2021 New COVID-19 protocols changed virtually every part of the process for skiers, who — much like athletes in any sport — are creatures of habit. Hayden Bird,, "Southie’s Jessie Diggins has climbed to the pinnacle of the cross-country skiing world," 14 Jan. 2021 The club, part of the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage, is the second-biggest in the country, with 54 members ranging in age from 4 to 17. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage skiers touch the sky with Team AK’s nordic combined program," 13 Jan. 2021 It’s part of an organizing principle at Lotus Bistro to honor accomplished Japanese women. Ian Mcnulty,, "Lakeview sushi bar Lotus Bistro goes all outdoors to keep a family legacy rolling," 13 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After eight seasons, the majority of which were spent shrouded in speculation about Malzahn’s job security, Auburn decided to part ways with Malzahn on Sunday. Tom Green |, al, "What they’re saying nationally after Auburn fired Gus Malzahn," 14 Dec. 2020 Options abound, so long as the Angels are willing to part with talent. Maria Torres, Los Angeles Times, "Trevor Bauer, Tomoyuki Sugano or a trade? Angels to focus on adding proven pitchers," 6 Dec. 2020 Legal battle resolved: Glide reaches settlement to part ways with Methodist Church. Anna Buchmann,, "Bay Briefing: Biden and Harris look ahead after making history," 9 Nov. 2020 The first step is being willing to part with a collection while alive. Liz Weston, oregonlive, "Liz Weston: Readers share tips for selling off collectibles," 8 Nov. 2020 Conversely, those looking to shed salary might be more willing to part with an expensive player or two. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL trade deadline: What moves should all 32 teams make?," 29 Oct. 2020 Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings expressed some frustration on Monday about how quickly the county had to react to DeSantis’ order to part with CDC guidelines and prioritize seniors in the general population over some essential workers. Ryan Gillespie,, "Seniors frustrated by few vaccine appointments, overwhelmed booking sites," 29 Dec. 2020 When will part two of Selena: The Series be on Netflix? Andrea Park, Marie Claire, "'Selena: The Series' Part 2: Everything We Know," 6 Dec. 2020 Taylor plays a firefighter who happens to possess the perfect tree for the job but isn’t keen to part with it. Rebecca Angel Baer, Southern Living, "Exclusive: Preview Hallmark's A Christmas Tree Grows in Colorado," 24 Nov. 2020 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 The part-time finance director said some of the bigger items were related to prior year negative balances that were not reflected in the city’s books. John Benson, cleveland, "Outgoing Olmsted Fall finance director raises red flags related to ‘ridiculous’ bookkeeping issues," 6 Jan. 2021 In addition to working part-time as a customer service representative at U-Haul over his long break, Denison student Davis Keen recently completed one of Denison’s virtual career boot camps specifically for juniors. Jennifer Smola, USA TODAY, "Colleges offer 'mini-mester' and career boot camps over winter breaks extended because of COVID-19," 5 Jan. 2021 According to a statement from the Lane Community College Employee Federation, Dave Schenderlein also taught part-time at the school for many years. Eric Todisco,, "Father and Teenage Daughter Killed in Ore. Paddle Boarding Accident: ‘Grief... Beyond Words’," 30 Dec. 2020 My 20-year-old daughter is a full-time college student and also works two part-time jobs. Kathleen Pender,, "House-passed bill would vastly increase stimulus payments, but future in Senate is uncertain," 29 Dec. 2020 One of the two staffers injured in the accident is still recovering at home, and the other is working part-time. Holly Haber, Dallas News, "After accident, Dallas neighborhood rallies around Haute Sweets Patisserie and its injured workers," 29 Dec. 2020 To help supplement his teaching salary, Quarcoo was working part-time as a waiter at Woodmont Country Club, an exclusive golf and tennis club, where initial membership costs $80,000. Washington Post, "This man is a waiter at a Md. country club. He also helps support thousands of students in Ghana, his home country.," 28 Dec. 2020 Julia Reed died in August in her part-time home in Rhode Island. Will Coviello,, "Year in Review: Making the best of 2020 - a hard year in entertainment," 28 Dec. 2020 Open to children between the ages of four and 12-years-old, the job is a part-time role that consists of testing new products for IKEA whenever there’s a new launch. Danielle Harling, House Beautiful, "IKEA Is Hiring a Chief Play Officer Between the Ages of Four and 12-Years-Old," 27 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of part


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


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


15th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for part


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


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

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“Part.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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



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

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

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

: not complete or total


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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.


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

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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.


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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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