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

Iron Man, who mentored Peter over the years and left him one hell of a parting gift — cannot help but cast a bittersweet pall over the otherwise goofy proceedings. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ often soars, though not as much as it twists," 3 July 2019 The parting is bittersweet, the world and the state of journalism in tandem crisis. William M. Arkin, Harper's magazine, "Must Flee TV," 10 Mar. 2019 That may be his parting gift at PSG, as a move back to La Liga is once again on the cards this summer. SI.com, "Transfers Window: How 7 of Last Summer's Most Talked About Players Fared During the 2018/19 Season," 10 June 2019 Although the evening eventually came to an end, the attendees were left with a fashionable parting gift: their very own Mini Stirrup Watch, presented in a monogrammed box. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Ralph Lauren Celebrates the Launch of Its Mini Stirrup Watch at—Where Else?—The Polo Bar," 14 May 2019 Even participants who've gotten the boot have been sent home with nothing but encouraging parting words, especially from Kelly. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Coach Kelly Clarkson Is Getting Mixed Reactions for Calling Out Kim Cherry," 11 May 2019 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

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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
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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