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
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
This part is really crucial to keep in mind: Your polygenic risk score isn’t an end-all, be-all oracle about your health.—Julia Ries, SELF, 15 Nov. 2023 Chesebro is a lawyer who had been working with the Trump campaign, and he is considered an important part of the fake elector scheme.—Misty Severi, Washington Examiner, 15 Nov. 2023 Radcliffe somehow missed the part where the child star becomes an unhinged jerk.—Chris Vognar, Rolling Stone, 15 Nov. 2023 The coming out process is different for everyone — and for singer-songwriter Jason Mraz, part of that process meant reconciling with his past partners.—Stephen Daw, Billboard, 15 Nov. 2023 That part of the relationship — there’s no surprises for her there.—Kate Aurthur, Variety, 15 Nov. 2023 The case was the hardest part to construct, according to MB&F’s head of communications, Charris Yadigaroglou.—Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 15 Nov. 2023 As part of a plea deal, he is also expected to cooperate with a state murder prosecution.—Aaron Boxerman Jeffery C. Mays Katherine Rosman J. Edward Moreno, New York Times, 4 Nov. 2023 Perhaps this is why—putting the behemoth of misogyny aside for a moment—the novel, as a form and a category, has generally failed to delve into this very popular, very extraordinary part of life.—Audrey Wollen, The New Yorker, 3 Nov. 2023
The parting bite was coconut fudge finished with edible gold leaf, a nod to the Diwali rituals of eating sweets and giving gifts.—Mahira Rivers, New York Times, 16 Nov. 2023 Kidman's hair was parted sharply in the center as a foundation for the sculptural style with absolutely zero errant hairs messing up the pristine separation.—Kara Nesvig, Allure, 9 Nov. 2023 Whereas Dern's past bangs have been cut in long, wispy swaths designed to fall into the eyes, the 2.0 iteration were snipped to flip, small sections parted at center and swept outward.—Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 6 Nov. 2023 Their unspoken wish to part as friends, not foes, looks unlikely.—Courtney Howard, Variety, 1 Nov. 2023 Maybe this is because Middleton's hair was parted slightly to the side, essentially brushing more hair over her forehead and down over one eye.—Kara Nesvig, Allure, 3 Nov. 2023 The venue, which normally hosts metal and punk shows, smelled of marijuana, beer, and body odor, and it was packed with about 250 people, who parted to let the burly man in leather make his way to the middle of the floor where his opponent was waiting.—Joshua Needelman, Curbed, 1 Nov. 2023 Somehow, trees uprooted by the storm piled up like a dam behind their home, parting the floodwaters around them.—Rachel Pannett, Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2023 Before Mac could say some parting words to his coach, Legend came through with the steal.—Lars Brandle, Billboard, 25 Oct. 2023
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
McAlevey, who has lived part time in the Bay Area for the past twenty years, is a diehard Golden State fan.—Eleni Schirmer, The New Yorker, 17 Oct. 2023 Native Range: North America USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 7
Size: 6 to 9 feet tall and wide
Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Where do dogwoods grow best?—Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 28 Aug. 2023 Now, after a four-year hiatus, the lingerie brand came back Wednesday night with a complete overhaul that was part fashion event and part preview of a documentary-style film featuring 20 global creatives.—Anne D'innocenzio, Fortune, 7 Sep. 2023 Her mother, Geraldine (Cummings) Blair, was a homemaker who worked part time in a local Christmas shop and as a library volunteer.—Richard Sandomir, New York Times, 28 July 2023 According to a news release, an applicant may be studying full or part time.—Chicago Tribune, 29 Mar. 2023 Nantucket has always been part fantasyland, part economic miracle.—William Cohan, Town & Country, 7 June 2023 After Shari Swanson wrote the new book, publisher Sleeping Bear Press asked artist Graef, who grew up here and still lives part time in Milwaukee, to depict Gertie and her brood — and the throngs of Milwaukeeans who came down to the bridge to gawk at the mallards.—Jim Higgins, Journal Sentinel, 25 May 2023 Basil Chives Cilantro/Coriander Comfrey Dill Fennel Lavender Oregano Parsley Rosemary Sage Salad Burnet What are the Herbs Grow in Part Shade? Plants that grow best in part shade can take full sun during the morning when the sun isn't as intense but prefer to be shaded from direct afternoon sun.—Sheryl Geerts, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 May 2023 See More
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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
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)