Definition of be party (or a party) to in English:

be party (or a party) to


  • Be involved in.

    ‘he was party to some very shady deals’
    • ‘Mother Teresa once recounted an incident she was party to in London.’
    • ‘That is why it is party to more international disarmament treaties than almost any other country in the region.’
    • ‘Australia is a party to all the major human rights treaties and we should take them seriously, insisting that all laws and practices, state, territorial or federal, comply with them.’
    • ‘Mr Wilson obviously has other plans that I have not been party to therefore we will have to look elsewhere to invest.’
    • ‘That is not an example that my party and other parties want to be party to at all.’
    • ‘‘I have been taken aback by the scale, even after all I've been party to in the game,’ he admits.’
    • ‘And they actively participate in these pleasures - pleasures that I haven't been party to for years.’
    • ‘The Government is party to more than 1000 bankruptcy cases.’
    • ‘One wonders, too, if he was a party to, participant indeed in, the villainies of Thomas J. Wise?’
    • ‘Yes because they were party to what has turned out to be open, active aggression against a third country that in no way was a threat to them and of course their reasons for going in have proved to be absolutely baseless.’
    get involved in, get involved with, be associated with, concern oneself in, involve oneself in, be a participant in, touch, handle
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