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part

noun

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1 one of the pieces from which something is designed to be assembled
  • the model car came in several small parts that had to be put together

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2 something belonging to, due to, or contributed by an individual member of a group
  • wanted no part of the profits

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3 the action for which a person or thing is specially fitted or used or for which a thing exists
  • I'll do my part, so don't worry

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4 usually parts plural a broad geographical area
  • I'm not from around these parts

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part

adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms of part (Entry 2 of 3)

in some measure or degree
  • well, you're at least part right about her original name

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part

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of part (Entry 3 of 3)

1 to go or move in different directions from a central point
  • after traveling together for three weeks, we parted at Rome

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2 to leave a place often for another
  • parted with great ceremony but with little preparation for the dangers that lay ahead

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4 to stop living
  • before I part, I hope I have the opportunity to say my good-byes

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Frequently Asked Questions About part

How is the word part distinct from other similar nouns?

Some common synonyms of part are division, fragment, member, piece, portion, section, and segment. While all these words mean "something less than the whole," part is a general term appropriate when indefiniteness is required.

they ran only part of the way

In what contexts can division take the place of part?

The meanings of division and part largely overlap; however, division applies to a large or diversified part.

the manufacturing division of the company

When might fragment be a better fit than part?

The words fragment and part are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, fragment applies to a part produced by or as if by breaking off.

only a fragment of the play still exists

When could member be used to replace part?

While in some cases nearly identical to part, member suggests one of the functional units composing a body.

a structural member

When would piece be a good substitute for part?

Although the words piece and part have much in common, piece applies to a separate or detached part of a whole.

a puzzle with 500 pieces

Where would portion be a reasonable alternative to part?

The synonyms portion and part are sometimes interchangeable, but portion implies an assigned or allotted part.

cut the pie into six portions

When is section a more appropriate choice than part?

While the synonyms section and part are close in meaning, section applies to a relatively small or uniform part.

the entertainment section of the newspaper

When is it sensible to use segment instead of part?

In some situations, the words segment and part are roughly equivalent. However, segment applies to a part separated or marked out by or as if by natural lines of cleavage.

the retired segment of the population

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The first known use of part was before the 12th century

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“Part.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/part. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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