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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As its parting gift to the neighborhood, all cocktails, wine and spirits will be $5 'til close. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "Montrose's Lotti Dotti permanently closes, offers $5 cocktails," 22 Nov. 2019 The man departed with two parting words that cannot be printed here, stalking off before Moore could explain two important points. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "Transfer Talk? Liverpool C.E.O. Says That’s Not His Business," 4 Nov. 2019 Helton had parting words for his teammates on his way off the field. Luis Torres,, "FSU coach Willie Taggart mulling whether to start James Blackman or Alex Hornibrook," 14 Oct. 2019 But the New Zealander’s legacy from a decade in Ireland is a far greater parting gift. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Schmidt leaves Irish in good place despite quarterfinal exit," 20 Oct. 2019 After blocking a shot from Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson in the first period of Saturday's game in Denver, Hjalmarsson knelt in front of one puck that left a not-so-sweet parting gift. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Tough break: What the Arizona Coyotes can do in wake of Niklas Hjalmarsson's injury," 13 Oct. 2019 Giants Central There’s the matter of all the parting gifts Bochy received from other teams during his final tour of the circuit. Henry Schulman,, "Giants’ Bochy not prepared to comment on hometown Padres’ managerial opening," 21 Sep. 2019 After the race, the officers and crew presented the president with a large scale model of their ship as a parting gift. Linda Gandee/special To,, "Veterans get together at Bay Village post to remember, socialize and mend fences but numbers are dwindling," 26 Aug. 2019 AP Photo/Frank Franklin II As JP Morgan Chase retreats from the Canadian credit card market, the bank has given remaining customers a parting gift: debt forgiveness. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Chase cancels its Canadian customers’ credit-card debt," 9 Aug. 2019

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

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27 Nov 2019

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“Parting.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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



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

: given, taken, or done when leaving someone


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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