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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)

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Indians' other pitchers and catchers reported earlier this week, The right-hander took part in drills on Saturday, a day before the Indians hold their first full-squad workout in Goodyear. Tom Withers, ajc, "Indians ace Bieber reports to camp after COVID-19 bout," 20 Feb. 2021 Bieber took part in non-throwing, fielding practice on his first day. Tom Withers, Star Tribune, "Bieber in camp with Indians after COVID-19 quarantine," 20 Feb. 2021 Ligon has no intention of visiting, and declined to take part in an exhibit. Author: Karen Heller, Anchorage Daily News, "After 68 years behind bars, the nation’s longest-serving juvenile lifer embraces freedom," 19 Feb. 2021 Two more Florida men have been charged by federal authorities for taking part in the January insurrection at the U.S. Capitol., "2 more Florida men charged in US Capitol insurrection," 19 Feb. 2021 Alvarez herself will take part in a virtual discussion of her novel on March 25. Christopher Arnott,, "Hartford Library’s Big Read for 2021, ‘In the Time of Butterflies,’ celebrates Dominican culture," 19 Feb. 2021 The program is one of seven hydrogen projects Sempra companies are taking part in. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Why all the hoopla about hydrogen?," 19 Feb. 2021 There were no independent accounts of her taking part in any violence. NBC News, "Myanmar protester dies as pressure on army grows after coup," 19 Feb. 2021 Parents of the younger dancers taking part were invited to watch. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "Live concerts, shows set San Antonio apart from most of the country during coronavirus pandemic," 19 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Colts agreed to part with a 2021 third-round pick and a 2022 conditional second-round pick that could turn into a first if Wentz plays 75% of his new team's snaps this year. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Everyone is a winner in Eagles' Carson Wentz deal with Colts," 18 Feb. 2021 Maybe you've been inspired by the KonMari method to part ways with some of those kitschy trinkets collecting dust on your shelves. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "These Are the Best Places To Donate Your Gently-Used Furniture and Household Items," 19 Jan. 2021 The decision to part ways with Schottenheimer seemed like a bit of a reversal for Seahawks’ coach Pete Carroll. oregonlive, "Seattle Seahawks fire offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer," 12 Jan. 2021 Dallas was forced to part ways with a player when the CDL’s 5-vs-5 format transitioned to the classic 4-vs-4. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "‘It’s your team against the world’: ‘Crimsix,’ Dallas Empire smash New York 3-0 in preseason exhibition," 23 Jan. 2021 Larry Scott and the Pac-12 executive committee have mutually agreed to part ways a year before the end of his contract, the league announced Wednesday night. Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: Larry Scott to step down as Pac-12 commissioner," 21 Jan. 2021 Biden's inaugural committee planned chinwags, concerts, and meet-and-greets, all digital, designed to part corporate sponsors and prominent VIPs with cash. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "Security set to outnumber attendees at Biden inauguration," 20 Jan. 2021 However, that also means having to part with a handful of titles. Natalie Morin,, "Everything Leaving Netflix In February 2021," 19 Jan. 2021 Downsizing is hard for all of us — including Rebus' small but feisty dog Brillo — and for the aging detective, his old case files are among the most difficult possessions to part with. Robert Croan • Pittsburgh Post-gazette, Star Tribune, "Review: 'A Song for the Dark Times,' by Ian Rankin," 18 Jan. 2021 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, "Classical Music in NYC This Week," 1 Feb. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Her days usually begin with some exercise and then transitions to remote work for some of her part-time gigs. Britt Julious,, "Chicago performers who fled to Mexico for opportunities continue to make a go of it as they await a revived local scene," 26 Feb. 2021 For me, self-care is a part-time job that includes daily exercise, regular meals, sleeping 10 hours a day, seeing friends, and regular in-person therapy. As Told To Natasha Lavender, SELF, "Here's How the Pandemic Is Affecting My Bipolar Disorder," 25 Feb. 2021 Earlier this year Olmsted Falls named Cory Swaisgood as its new part-time finance director. John Benson, cleveland, "Olmsted Falls hires $200-an-hour consultant to clean up city’s bookkeeping issues," 24 Feb. 2021 Although schedules for a staggered, part-time return are still being worked out, plans under consideration would give parents a choice to keep their children on fully remote learning. Howard Blume Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. school reopening contingent on full staff vaccinations, making for uncertain date," 24 Feb. 2021 The directory—which will feature full and part-time jobs, freelance opportunities, and internships—officially launches this Friday. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "CFDA Launches New Initiative Inspired by the Black Lives Matter Movement," 22 Feb. 2021 Many have lost part-time jobs and are struggling to pay rent, leading to a newfound financial uncertainty. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Amid pandemic’s isolation, French students turn to each other for support," 22 Feb. 2021 Harrison played in 32 games last season in a part-time role for Miami, stealing six bases in six chances. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "MLB's 100 Names You Need To Know For 2021," 22 Feb. 2021 A couple of weeks before leaving for school, he was cleared for a part-time cleanup job and reported to the silo at Clay, near Searcy on Aug. 9, 1965. Mike Masterson, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | MASTERSON ONLINE: Gary's GodNod," 21 Feb. 2021

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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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English Language Learners Definition of part

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: one of the pieces, sections, qualities, etc., that make or form something
: one of the pieces that are put together to form a machine
: one of the pieces or areas of the body of a plant or animal



English Language Learners Definition of part (Entry 2 of 3)

: somewhat but not completely : to some extent or in some degree



English Language Learners Definition of part (Entry 3 of 3)

: not complete or total


\ 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



Kids Definition of part.


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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.


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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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