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



Definition of parting (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Synonyms for parting

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Adjective

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Advocates say the changes allow for a more cooperative, harmonious parting of ways. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 May 2022 In a parting gesture, Mr. Wald handed the paper’s Sunday supplement to its founder, Clay Felker, who revamped it as the glossy stand-alone New York magazine. New York Times, 13 May 2022 To cut a pear in half was akin to begging fate for a permanent parting. Belinda Huijuan Tang, Vogue, 5 May 2022 And that's always the parting message that Lord John wants to give Jamie, no matter what the circumstances are surrounding that goodbye. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 4 Apr. 2022 In our interview, Moore reflects on that Pearson family conversation, drops some hints about what’s to come, and leaves some parting words for Rebecca. Yvonne Villarreal Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 9 Mar. 2022 McCollum said that the parting was handled well by the organization. oregonlive, 30 Mar. 2022 Its vaporous conclusion, an impossibly quiet parting kiss to sweet memories of yesterday, was sullied by the thud of some dude dropping his phone on the floor. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2022 The Timbers, who deferred comment on the matter to MLS when asked by The Oregonian/OregonLive, initially framed the club’s parting with Polo as a termination of his contract, rather than a buyout. oregonlive, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of parting


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1562, in the meaning defined above

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19 May 2022

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“Parting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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