\ ˈpärt How to pronounce part (audio) \
plural parts

Definition of part

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1a(1) : one of the often indefinite or unequal subdivisions into which something is or is regarded as divided and which together constitute the whole … the road was passable only part of the year …— Samuel Johnson
(2) : an essential portion or integral element Change is an inevitable part of life.
b : one of several or many equal units of which something is composed or into which it is divisible : an amount equal to another amount mix one part of the powder with three parts of water
c(1) : an exact divisor of a quantity : aliquot
d : one of the constituent elements of a plant or animal body: such as
(1) : organ, member The stomach is part of the digestive system.
(2) parts plural : private parts
e : a division of a literary work a novel in four parts
f(1) : a vocal or instrumental line or melody in concerted music or in harmony
(2) : a particular voice or instrument in concerted music also : the score for it the violin part
g : a constituent member of a machine or other apparatus the parts of an airplane also : a spare part automobile parts
2 : something falling to one in a division or apportionment : share wanted no part of the proposal
3 : one's share or allotted task (as in an action) : duty one must do one's part
4 : one of the opposing sides in a conflict or dispute he that is not against us is on our part — Mark 9:40 (King James Version)
5 : a general area of indefinite boundaries usually used in plural you're not from around these partstook off for parts unknown
6 : a function or course of action performed objected to the government's part in the strike — see also take part
7a : an actor's lines in a play, movie, etc. The actress learned her part well.
b : the role of a character in a play, movie, etc. played the part of the villain
8 : a constituent of character or capacity : talent a man of many parts
9 : the line where the hair is parted His part was on the left side of his head.
for one's part
: as far as one's share or interest is concerned for my part, I do not see that the difference is important— Mary McCarthy
for the most part
: in general : on the whole for the most part the crowd was orderly
in part
: in some degree : partially
on one's part or on the part of one
: with regard to the one specified


parted; parting; parts

Definition of part (Entry 2 of 5)

intransitive verb

1a : to separate from or take leave of someone
b : to take leave of one another
2 : to become separated into parts
3a : to go away : depart
b : die
4 : to become separated, detached, or broken
5 : to relinquish possession or control hated to part with that money

transitive verb

1a : to divide into parts
b : to separate by combing on each side of a line
c : to break or suffer the breaking of (something, such as a rope or anchor chain)
2 : to divide into shares and distribute : apportion
3a : to remove from contact or association if aught but death part thee and me — Ruth 1:17 (King James Version)
b : to keep separate the narrow channel that parts England from France
c : to hold (people, such as brawlers) apart
d : to separate by a process of extraction, elimination, or secretion
4a archaic : leave, quit
b dialectal British : relinquish, give up
part company
1 : to end a relationship or association
2 : to diverge from another (as in opinion) often used with with



Definition of part (Entry 3 of 5)

: partly



Definition of part (Entry 4 of 5)

Definition of part (Entry 5 of 5)

Synonyms & Antonyms for part

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adverb

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part, portion, piece, member, division, section, segment, fragment mean something less than the whole. part is a general term appropriate when indefiniteness is required. they ran only part of the way portion implies an assigned or allotted part. cut the pie into six portions piece applies to a separate or detached part of a whole. a puzzle with 500 pieces member suggests one of the functional units composing a body. a structural member division applies to a large or diversified part. the manufacturing division of the company section applies to a relatively small or uniform part. the entertainment section of the newspaper segment applies to a part separated or marked out by or as if by natural lines of cleavage. the retired segment of the population fragment applies to a part produced by or as if by breaking off. only a fragment of the play still exists


separate, part, divide, sever, sunder, divorce mean to become or cause to become disunited or disjointed. separate may imply any of several causes such as dispersion, removal of one from others, or presence of an intervening thing. separated her personal life from her career part implies the separating of things or persons in close union or association. vowed never to part divide implies separating into pieces or sections by cutting or breaking. civil war divided the nation sever implies violence especially in the removal of a part or member. a severed limb sunder suggests violent rending or wrenching apart. a city sundered by racial conflict divorce implies separating two things that commonly interact and belong together. cannot divorce scientific research from moral responsibility

Examples of part in a Sentence

Noun The entire book is good, but the best part is the ending. I don't remember him saying that. I must have missed that part. The mechanic had to order the part from the manufacturer. The parts of a radio include the speaker, dials, and antenna. Do you have any spare parts for this model of car? the moving parts of the machine parts of the human body My favorite part of the chicken is the drumstick. a diagram labeling the different parts of the flower Come join us and be part of a winning team. Verb The crowd parted to let the president through. The rain stopped and the clouds parted. The big red curtains parted to reveal a new car! The Bible tells the story of how God parted the Red Sea. She closed her eyes and parted her lips. She parts her hair on the side. His dark hair was parted down the middle. The two lovers parted at dawn. Tomorrow we shall part and, I fear, never see each other again. She couldn't bear the thought of parting from her family. Adverb The story is part science and part fiction. The Chimera is a monster in Greek mythology that is part lion, part goat, and part serpent. Adjective The claim is a part truth—there is more to the story than they are telling you. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While investors overall placed orders for nearly three times the shares on offer, demand was strongest from individuals, who were offered large incentives to take part. Shefali Anand, WSJ, 17 May 2022 Kentucky residents will make their voices heard at the polls Tuesday, as voters take part in primary elections to determine who will be on the ballot in November. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, 17 May 2022 Fedorov was heartened by the protests but worried for the well-being of those who took part. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 In another clip shared on Instagram, Bieber asked audience members to take part in a moment of silence to honor the victims. Charmaine Patterson,, 16 May 2022 Several people have already stepped forward to take part in the study. Cristóbal Reyes, Orlando Sentinel, 16 May 2022 Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will take part in ceremonies to commemorate the handover on Okinawa, while Emperor Naruhito will make comments via videolink from Tokyo. Reuters, CNN, 15 May 2022 Several celebs, including actresses Connie Britton and Ricki Lake, took part in yesterday's protests, marching and giving speeches at demonstrations in LA, NYC, and other cities. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 15 May 2022 With the family’s pet lizard along for a shoulder ride, Devona Jones and her daughter Jordyn, 9, headed over to the Gail Borden Public Library parking lot Saturday morning to take part in a spring cleanup of the Fox River. Mike Danahey, Chicago Tribune, 14 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While some scammers fool victims into investing in fake cryptocurrency, others convince victims to part with the real thing. NBC News, 4 Apr. 2022 Davis’ involvement in the WNBA informed his decision to part with Jon Gruden midway through the 2021 NFL season, after a leak of the former Raiders head coach’s emails revealed homophobic, sexist and racist language. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Mar. 2022 People rushed to part with their tokens ahead of a cutoff point at which a record would be taken of the donations made so far, effectively gamifying the humanitarian push by inviting in those who could make a quick buck off the resulting rewards. Emily Nicolle,, 3 Mar. 2022 It is known that the Yorkshire club are not going to part ways with the 26 year old for less than £50 million, but he is seen as a more realistic player to come in this summer than West Ham United’s Declan Rice. Liam Canning, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2022 There are a lot of good wide receivers in the 2022 draft and teams who select one might be willing or forced for salary cap reasons to part with a veteran. Tom Silverstein, USA TODAY, 14 Apr. 2022 That sentiment is even echoed at the end of the Julia episode, when Child and Beard finally part ways after their wild weekend together. Stacy Lambe, Town & Country, 14 Apr. 2022 Guests not ready to part with their new foliage friends can take home one houseplant and its container, and purchase additional plants from the collection. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 15 Mar. 2022 The Ducks confirmed the deal Monday to part ways with Manson, an eight-year NHL veteran who has spent his entire career in Anaheim. Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb François Girard’s take — part mysterious, part mystifying — on Wagner’s last opera is one of the Met’s most interesting productions of the last decade or so, and returns for the first time since its premiere in 2013. David Allen, New York Times, 1 Feb. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Richie, who also owns her own marketing business, will remain with the new chamber on a part-time basis. Steve Smith, Hartford Courant, 20 May 2022 Retirees who undervalue their time should consider ways that part-time work can translate into real income. Shlomo Benartzi, WSJ, 20 May 2022 Retired Thai Air Chief Marshal Sakpinit Promthep, who indulged his passion for Second World War history by working part-time in the archival section, spent months afterward going through its files one by one to check their condition. CBS News, 18 May 2022 And Utah’s part-time lawmakers will meet Tuesday and Wednesday during their 2022 interim session. Jeff Parrott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 May 2022 The company is cutting 70 part-time jobs at the animation studio related to projects that aren’t moving ahead. Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2022 The ongoing shift to remote work — which is slowly morphing into part-time telecommuting — drastically limits the scope of that potential audience as fewer people drive downtown to work. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 13 May 2022 Workers were also able to increase their shift hours, as rates of those working part-time involuntarily declined. New York Times, 13 May 2022 Orland Park resident Glen Gorman also met Hagerty while working part-time at the Highlands. Susan Degrane, Chicago Tribune, 11 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of part


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)


13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for part


Middle English, from Anglo-French & Old English, both from Latin part-, pars; perhaps akin to Latin parare to prepare — more at pare


Middle English, from Anglo-French partir, from Latin partire to divide, from part-, pars

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\ ˈpärt How to pronounce part (audio) \

Kids Definition of part

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : one of the sections into which something is divided This is the best part of the movie. That wasn't part of our agreement.
2 : some of something My dog is part husky. I spent part of my day reading.
3 : a general area She moved to another part of the state.
4 : a piece of a machine
5 : one of the sides or aspects The best part of camp is making new friends.
6 : the role of a character in a play
7 : a line along which the hair is divided
8 : a person's share or duty I did my part for the team.
9 : the music for a voice or instrument the soprano part
10 : a voice or instrument four-part harmony
11 : a piece of a plant or animal body
for the most part
: with few exceptions : on the whole They were, for the most part, very pleased.


parted; parting

Kids Definition of part (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to leave each other They parted at the intersection.
2 : to separate the hair by combing on each side of a line
3 : to give up possession of She won't part with her money.
4 : to hold apart He parted the curtains.
5 : to come apart The crowd parted to let us through.
6 : to divide into parts



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Choose the Right Synonym for part


part, portion, and section mean something less than the whole to which it belongs. part is used when something is taken away from the whole or thought of as being separate from the rest. A part of the room is used for storage. portion is used when a whole has been divided into assigned parts. Cut the pie into six portions. section is used if the parts of the whole are recognizable and have been separated by or as if by cutting. This newspaper has four sections.


\ ˈpärt How to pronounce part (audio) \

Medical Definition of part

1 : one of several or many like units into which something is divided or of which it is composed : a proportional division or ingredient mix the powder with three parts of water
2 : a portion of an animal body: as
a : an essential anatomical element : organ, member the chief parts of the digestive system are the esophagus, stomach, intestine, and associated glands
b : an indefinite area or one lacking or not considered in respect to a natural boundary bathe the affected part with warm water

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