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

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 Lucky that the bracket opened up like the parting of the Red Sea. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball had a magical run. But Villanova was just too good," 2 Apr. 2018 Hextall would not have liked it any more than Mason did, which was a contributing factor to the parting of ways. Sam Donnellon, Philly.com, "Flyers' two-goalie approach paying dividends," 13 Feb. 2018 Allowing LaVine to walk would have meant parting with the headlining player in the 2017 Jimmy Butler trade with the Timberwolves, while forfeiting a key piece of the Bulls’ unspectacular young core. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "Grades: Bulls Matching Zach LaVine's Kings Offer Sheet Bitter Pill to Swallow," 7 July 2018 However, Garcia's bad parting in 2014 with Arum and Top Rank might be an obstacle. Lance Pugmire, latimes.com, "Vasiliy Lomachenko's new lightweight belt has him on collision course with Mikey Garcia," 14 May 2018 Protesters staged a final rally with a mixture of satisfaction at Issa’s upcoming retirement and sadness at the prospect of parting with a community of like-minded activists. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Issa protesters take last stand at Congressman's Vista office," 24 Apr. 2018 As a parting gift, Jocasta gives him silver candlesticks which had belonged to his mother – a link to that distant past. Outlander Fan, Marie Claire, "5 Biggest Takeaways From 'Outlander' Season 4 Episode 3," 19 Nov. 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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