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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


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



Definition of part (Entry 3 of 5)

: partly



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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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


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


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.


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.


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.


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

Keldon Johnson visits Pistons Johnson was one of seven players to work out for the Pistons on Monday, although the Wildcats freshman took part in an individual session. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' Ed Stefanski expects unpredictability in critical NBA draft," 18 June 2019 A week ago, Klutch had a showcase with its clients for NBA teams -- but Garland didn’t take part. Terry Pluto,, "Cleveland Cavaliers Scribbles: Darius Garland an option? A deal with New Orleans? — Terry Pluto," 17 June 2019 For patients who take part in the horticultural therapy program, the gardens provide the chance for a different kind of therapeutic experience. Jodi Torpey, The Denver Post, "The healing gardens at Craig Hospital offer respite and therapy," 17 June 2019 Captain Megan Rapinoe was one of the players rested ahead of Thursday's group decider against Sweden, taking part in the 'celebration' from the sideline, but insisted that the widespread criticism hadn't gotten to the team., "Carli Lloyd and USWNT Stars Explain Origins of 'Golf Clap' Celebration in Win Over Chile," 17 June 2019 But taking part means weeks of feverish activity preparing the elaborate altars and dresses. Daniel Stone, National Geographic, "Spring blooms to life in this elaborate Spanish ritual," 17 June 2019 Germany, Britain and France have worked to set up a system to allow European companies to take part in a kind of barter trade with Iran. Edward Wong, New York Times, "Trump Adds Troops After Iran Says It Will Breach Nuclear Deal," 17 June 2019 Taking part in a rebranding — about 20 Connecticut High Schools have names that warrant the process – would actually be a galvanizing event. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: No reason not to change high school nicknames that are offensive or derogatory," 16 June 2019 The swimmer was taking part in a multi-stage 120-mile (193-kilometer) race down the Hudson called the 8 Bridges Race. Fox News, "Swimmer missing from race down New York's Hudson River," 16 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In return, the Lakers parted ways with some mid-tier players—including Lonzo Ball, once a sports-media fixture, but now just another guard with a shaky jump shot, and a bundle of future draft picks. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, "Anthony Davis and LeBron James Are Uniquely Suited to Win," 17 June 2019 Phoenix might have to part ways with one, if not two, of those players. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Lonzo Ball makes Suns ideal third team to join Lakers, Pelicans in Anthony Davis trade," 10 June 2019 Related Stories Take Bochy and Madison Bumgarner, who probably will part long before September amid this rebuild. Henry Schulman,, "Giants pound Mets in 10th inning for Bruce Bochy’s 1,000th regular-season win," 4 June 2019 Sometimes, the industry won’t part with tradition even when better technology comes along. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "Fire departments fight a culture that saves — and costs — lives," 13 July 2018 But then a dire circumstance threatens to part the child and his floppy eared toy forever. Tom Titus,, "On Theater: A heart-tugging ‘Rabbit’ on SCR stage," 3 June 2019 And earlier this morning, the actress and festival juror stepped out with her flaxen lengths parted at center, bound low and loose, and finished with a light pink ribbon. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Elle Fanning Just Served Up the Chicest—and Easiest—Summer Hair Trick in Cannes," 23 May 2019 The wind will hush, the clouds will part, the rain will stop, the sky will clear in an instant. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "30 Of The Best Quotes From All 15 Seasons Of Grey's Anatomy," 10 May 2019 Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson—who share a precious daughter, True—have parted ways after over two years together. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Definitive Timeline of Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson's Relationship," 21 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

Both companies say that the majority of drivers are very part time, putting in fewer than 10 hours a week. Carolyn Said,, "Uber, Lyft drivers continue despite gripes because options are few," 10 June 2019 Back then Park Avenue was part dirt road, part asphalt., "Undergrounding utilities greatly improved a street in Newport Beach," 4 June 2018 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

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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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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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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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