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part·​ing ˈpär-tiŋ How to pronounce parting (audio)
: a place or point where a division or separation occurs


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: given, taken, or done at parting
a parting kiss
parting of the ways
: a point of separation or divergence
: a place or time at which a choice must be made

Examples of parting in a Sentence

Noun I feared the morning, for I knew that our parting would be difficult. On parting, he took my hand and promised to return. “Good-night, good-night! Parting is such sweet sorrow…” Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet the parting of the Red Sea Adjective His parting words to me were “Be patient.” As her parting shot, she said that the other candidate simply did not understand the needs of the city's citizens.
Recent Examples on the Web
And women tend to fare worse after the parting, at least in financial terms. Daniel De Visé, USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2024 The parting of ways is described as amicable and stemming from timing issues. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 May 2024 So Belichick, 71, the NFL’s top free agent after Thursday’s mutual parting of ways with the Patriots, would be inheriting a team with the infrastructure to compete for a Super Bowl immediately. Pat Leonard, New York Daily News, 11 Jan. 2024 As long as the war continues, there will be no way to undo this profound parting of the ways. Michael Kimmage, Foreign Affairs, 19 June 2023 See all Example Sentences for parting 

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Word History

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1562, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of parting was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Parting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
part·​ing ˈpärt-iŋ How to pronounce parting (audio)
: a place where a division or separation occurs
a parting of the ways
: leave-taking
shake hands at parting


2 of 2 adjective
: being in the process of departing
: serving to divide : separating
: given, taken, or performed at parting
a parting kiss

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