parting

noun
part·ing | \ˈpär-tiŋ \

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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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

At three years old, the young royal has already proved to be quite a ham for the cameras, often sharing a parting wave or pulling funny faces during official appearances. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Princess Charlotte Had Some Adorable Attitude During the Royal Air Force Flypast," 10 July 2018 It is thought that Sunderland will be debt free as a a condition of the takeover - £140m debt was cleared by Short as a parting act - and will be able to appoint a new manager in the coming days following the departure of Chris Coleman last month. SI.com, "Stewart Donald Completes Sunderland Takeover and Hints at Potential for Coleman Return," 21 May 2018 The following day, Meghan went for a similar combination of slightly messier loose curls and a bun both with center partings. PEOPLE.com, "Meghan Markle Has a New Hairdresser in Her Glam Squad and His Signature Look Is 'Perfect for Her'," 12 July 2018 Though her departure was described at the time as a mutual parting of ways, recent interviews made clear that she was pushed out after a rocky tenure. Michael Cooper, New York Times, "Turmoil at Lincoln Center: Infighting, Money Troubles, Scrapped Projects," 1 July 2018 Pippen, Steve Kerr and Luc Longley were traded, some with nice financial parting gifts. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "20 years since dissolution of the dynasty, Bulls still a long way from the top," 10 June 2018 The parting gift is not, however, some last-ditch attempt at goodness. refinery29.com, "What That Disappointing Luke Cage Ending Means For The Future," 27 June 2018 In 2009, Florida International University's Board of Trustees bid farewell to its departing president of 23 years with a swell parting gift. Colleen Wright, miamiherald, "FIU board, eyeing opportunity and punishment, considers renaming Maidique campus," 18 June 2018 Council President John Coyne presented Kolesar with a parting gift from the city. Alyssa Alfano, cleveland.com, "Juvenile Court Judge Dunn shares annual report with Medina City Council," 15 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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Phrases Related to parting

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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

: 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 \

Kids Definition of parting

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

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