parting

noun
part·​ing | \ˈpär-tiŋ \

Definition of parting 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a place or point where a division or separation occurs

parting of the ways

1 : a point of separation or divergence

2 : a place or time at which a choice must be made

parting

adjective

Definition of parting (Entry 2 of 2)

: given, taken, or done at parting a parting kiss

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Synonyms for parting

Synonyms: Noun

farewell, leave-taking, separation

Synonyms: Adjective

farewell, valedictory

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In many tech deals, there is more often a harder road that ends in tears with a parting of ways between the acquirer and the acquired. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Facebook’s recent ‘bear hug’ of Instagram frustrated its independent founders, leading to their exit," 25 Sep. 2018 After dinner, those guests who needed to reapply their lipsticks were in luck—stepping off into the night, everyone received the lipstick trio as a parting gift. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Johanna Ortiz, Aerin Lauder, and Net-a-Porter Celebrate Their Lipstick Launch in the Chicest Possible Way," 8 Nov. 2018 This formal parting is perfectly timed because the following day — Thursday, November 8 — lucky Jupiter finally says au revoir to Scorpio. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's November Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 28 Oct. 2018 But the genesis of these songs sparked to life four years ago, with the romantic parting of Gutierrez and Swann. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Houston’s Wild Moccasins learn to love again on new album," 3 July 2018 In parting, young Zachary paid homage to Bolt by perfectly imitating the now-famous lightning bolt pose that Bolt performs after victories. Bill Van Smith, miamiherald, "Annual event provides a showcase for those on the fast track," 10 June 2018 Conservative student's parting shot at college's anti-gun policies goes viral. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Mueller Russia probe hits 1-year anniversary; Giuliani says Mueller 'has nothing' on Trump," 17 May 2018 At three years old, the young royal has already proved to be quite a ham for the cameras, often sharing a parting wave or pulling funny faces during official appearances. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Princess Charlotte Had Some Adorable Attitude During the Royal Air Force Flypast," 10 July 2018 It is thought that Sunderland will be debt free as a a condition of the takeover - £140m debt was cleared by Short as a parting act - and will be able to appoint a new manager in the coming days following the departure of Chris Coleman last month. SI.com, "Stewart Donald Completes Sunderland Takeover and Hints at Potential for Coleman Return," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of parting

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1562, in the meaning defined above

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

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More Definitions for parting

parting

noun

English Language Learners Definition of parting

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a time or occurrence when people leave each other

: the act of separating something into two or more parts

: the line where a person's hair is separated

parting

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of parting (Entry 2 of 2)

: given, taken, or done when leaving someone

parting

noun
part·​ing | \ˈpär-tiŋ \

Kids Definition of parting

: an act of leaving someone Our parting was a sad occasion.

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