parting

noun
part·​ing | \ ˈpär-tiŋ How to pronounce parting (audio) \

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

She and Prince William had a parting meeting with Miguel Head, who was stepping down as private secretary, Elle UK reports. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Reportedly Made an Appearance at a Private Engagement This Week," 13 Sep. 2018 Trump-hating Jemele Hill, ESPN parting ways: reports. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Search for clues in gaming tournament shooting; New McCain burial details; Lewandowski rips Cohen," 27 Aug. 2018 Richard, as a parting shot, left the files about her sisters on Camille’s passenger seat outside the hotel. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The 10 Biggest Moments From 'Sharp Objects' Episode 7," 20 Aug. 2018 The pressure will definitely be there, but Kathie Lee hopes her parting words to Jenna will help relieve some of that stress. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Today' Star Kathie Lee Gifford on Leaving Hoda Kotb and a "Million Memories" Behind," 5 Apr. 2019 The couple reportedly split quietly (and on friendly terms) this fall and the parting of ways is just making headlines now because Stewart has been spotted spending a lot of time with a new woman, stylist Sara Dinkin. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Who Is Sara Dinkin? Everything You Need to Know About Kristen Stewart's New Girlfriend," 26 Dec. 2018 The tears were reserved for the parting from San Diego, where many of them were born. sandiegouniontribune.com, "April 8, 1942: San Diegans leave for internment camps," 8 Apr. 2018 With the parting of Jimmy Graham as well, does Russell Wilson have enough targets to throw to? Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, "Limbo dance: Seahawks can certainly do without dreaded drama of Earl Thomas holdout," 24 July 2018 Was there more that precipitated the parting of ways? Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres mailbag: Jankowski's future, Myers' weight, Luis Urias and even Mike Dee," 17 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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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
British : 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 How to pronounce parting (audio) \

Kids Definition of parting

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

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