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’
    • ‘That is why it is party to more international disarmament treaties than almost any other country in the region.’
    • ‘That is not an example that my party and other parties want to be party to at all.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And they actively participate in these pleasures - pleasures that I haven't been party to for years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Government is party to more than 1000 bankruptcy cases.’
    • ‘Mother Teresa once recounted an incident she was party to in London.’
    • ‘One wonders, too, if he was a party to, participant indeed in, the villainies of Thomas J. Wise?’
    • ‘Mr Wilson obviously has other plans that I have not been party to therefore we will have to look elsewhere to invest.’
    • ‘‘I have been taken aback by the scale, even after all I've been party to in the game,’ he admits.’
    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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