Definition of part in English:



  • 1An amount or section which, when combined with others, makes up the whole of something.

    ‘divide the circle into three equal parts’
    ‘the early part of 1999’
    ‘body parts’
    • ‘Viewing the story as a a whole piece instead of parts of a whole will be novel.’
    • ‘The creator has shown particular parts or the whole of female bodies putting the accent on gentle contours and shades.’
    • ‘Hounds were in ascendancy in the early part of the second half and Cygan went close yet again following a flowing move.’
    • ‘How do animals dictate the correct proportional sizes for their body parts?’
    • ‘The rule that a part equalled the whole day was not appropriate in this context.’
    • ‘In the early part of the second half Bolton had two tries disallowed and against the run of play Mayfield took the lead.’
    • ‘It was more than a pleasant surprise and I ate a small part of my body weight in the stuff.’
    • ‘All Blacks had much of the pressure in the early part of the second half and got back into contention with a converted try.’
    • ‘As if that wasn't enough the home side completely cut loose in the early part of the second half.’
    • ‘If defence is a challenge to make the parts equal an impressive whole then midfield is a minefield of talents and egos where someone is sure to get hurt.’
    • ‘His exhibition shows organs, body parts, and whole human bodies amid tasteful green foliage.’
    • ‘Pay attention to keeping your body parts in proportion and you will always look good.’
    • ‘Water washed away whole parts of several main passage ways; the water that was supposed to have flowed inside a water canal!’
    • ‘To seek to change that part of the scheme design may mean that other parts or the whole of the scheme benefits would have to be examined and changed.’
    • ‘This was an idea enthusiastically taken up by the Fabians in the early part of the twentieth century.’
    • ‘This philosophy allowed for an understanding that a part of the body could stand for the whole.’
    • ‘Sometimes he considers himself consisting of two parts sharing the same body and entity.’
    • ‘Just as the entity begins to consider itself complete, more body parts begin pounding on the door.’
    • ‘Bone mass often varies between parts of the body, so it is more accurate to measure the spine or hip than a heel or wrist.’
    • ‘There would be allowance for influence both from the whole to the parts and from the parts to the whole.’
    bit, slice, chunk, lump, hunk, wedge, fragment, scrap, segment, piece
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    1. 1.1 An element or constituent that is essential to the nature of something.
      ‘I was part of the family’
      • ‘Creating a station that's accessible for everyone is an essential part of making that happen.’
      • ‘Gambling is a fundamental part of human nature - we all take risks in daily life.’
      • ‘The ending of tyranny and the extension of democracy are essential parts of any transformative programme for Africa.’
      • ‘I live in a terraced house so where am I supposed to garage this essential part of modern living?’
      • ‘I feel a commercially-viable High Street is an essential part of our community.’
      • ‘It is an essential part of the academic experience at the University of Waterloo.’
      • ‘This is a big step forward and it is an essential part of the proper control of a major hazard facility.’
      • ‘Web sites are useful and an essential part of the internet experience.’
      • ‘Once again, the nature of the orchestra itself is an essential part of this vision.’
      • ‘To omit what Paul himself would have regarded an essential part of his life seems rather offensive.’
      • ‘One of Rivera's greatest gifts was his ability to condense a complex historical subject down to its most essential parts.’
      • ‘Make the formation of a constitution a fundamental part of creating a community space.’
      • ‘It is an essential part of life that promotes activity and is a way of gearing up both the mind and the body.’
      • ‘Because they both buy and sell in the district, they are an essential part of country life.’
      • ‘Each side views its version of Tibetan history as an essential part of its national identity.’
      • ‘Uncertainty is an essential part of social work and managing uncertainty is demanding and stressful.’
      • ‘I think hard work is an essential part of life for all the Irish people who had to move to live in England.’
      • ‘I don't expect cats to be free of the wild instinct that's an essential part of their nature.’
      • ‘The arts and the national companies are an essential part of our rich and diverse society.’
      • ‘Sharing a few beers on an evening is, I think, an essential part of going on a business trip.’
    2. 1.2 A manufactured object assembled with others to make a machine; a component.
      ‘the production of aircraft parts’
      • ‘She is assembling electrical components, placing round parts into small square boxes on her kitchen table.’
      • ‘He started peering around all the parts of the machine and even got down on his knees like he was an engineer of some sort.’
      • ‘Rendered in oil on top of this ground are ghostly diagrams of machine parts taken from technical manuals.’
      • ‘You can see machine parts, insects doing battle, Japanese comic creatures without the colour.’
      • ‘He cast machine parts and later translated that experience into brass casting.’
      • ‘I let contracts for the manufacture of parts, assembled the sets in my apartment, and sold them however I could.’
      • ‘He looks like a mad scientist putting parts on a new machine as he pours syrups and milks together.’
      • ‘These days the products include anything from machine parts and park benches to gates and supermarket cages.’
      • ‘And he was kind of a genius at making the machine parts to put that plane together.’
      • ‘The desert is very hard on aircraft, especially sensitive parts like rotor blades and air intakes.’
      • ‘Walking back inside the ship Clara began to carry out her machine parts.’
      • ‘That's just what researchers want for the mechanical parts of nanoscale machines.’
      • ‘The Rover company took over in 1941, using the building to manufacture aircraft parts for the war effort.’
      • ‘Angered by the show of force, workers hurled stones, iron rods and machine parts.’
      • ‘By 1970, his graphics had become more abstract, although still suggestive of machine parts and typography.’
      • ‘The company manufactures auto parts for buses and other vehicles.’
      • ‘This caused Olds to sign contracts with the owners of small machine shops to manufacture many parts for his cars.’
      • ‘With equipment parts manufactured by other companies, the demands it puts on its suppliers can be frightening.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, they are part of the one big machine, without which all the component parts in place, the machine would not work properly.’
      • ‘Electronics continues to be a promising sector, as well as motor vehicle parts and components.’
      component, bit, constituent, element, unit, module, ingredient
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    3. 1.3 A division of a book, periodical, or broadcast serial.
      ‘this theme will be further explored in Parts Four and Five of the book’
      ‘Part Four of the series’
      • ‘The judge said the publication of large parts of the book in News Limited newspapers largely destroyed the value of the material.’
      • ‘The earliest television Hamlet was shown in two parts by the BBC on 7 and 14 December 1947.’
      • ‘Many of the historical details that Amyes presents in the first parts of the book which I especially enjoyed will be unfamiliar to most readers.’
      • ‘The information is well organized, and each of the six parts of the book can be used independently.’
      • ‘Introductory sections were added to provide integration within each of the book's four main parts.’
      • ‘The first part of a special BBC docu-drama on the Brontës will be screened on Sunday.’
      • ‘The book falls into two parts, one on Palestinian Judaism and one on Paul.’
      • ‘The TV investigation, Running The Gauntlet, is being broadcast in two parts tonight and next week in the West Country.’
      • ‘Le Grand is one of the commentators selected by the editors to introduce one of the book's four parts.’
      • ‘The book's first two parts are excellent expositions on ancient religions and modern physics.’
      • ‘The frustrating thing is that Jew Boy is very much a book of two parts.’
      • ‘The book's four parts cover truth as fact, fiction, relationship and mystery.’
      • ‘This reviewer found the most successful parts of the book were those on management techniques and on charging for external costs.’
      • ‘The four major parts of the book provide detailed comparative studies of Gospel texts.’
      • ‘Above average geeks will want to turn right to the second part of the book for the juicy stuff.’
      • ‘They began work on this in the 1930s and the first parts of the book are based on lecture notes.’
      • ‘The second part of the show will see the studio team go up against the top placed viewers as they vie for an overall jackpot prize.’
      • ‘Interestingly, the book's title is also the title of the second of the book's two parts.’
      • ‘Books were published in parts, as periodicals, with the added attraction of illustrations, for later binding.’
      section, division, component, volume, chapter, passage, act, scene, episode, instalment
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    4. 1.4 A measure allowing comparison between the amounts of different ingredients used in a mixture.
      ‘use a mix of one part cement to five parts ballast’
      • ‘To get essential drainage if you don't have a rock wall, plant in a mixture of two parts sand or gravel to one part potting mix.’
      • ‘Secure it into the soil at the nodes or bury a pot containing a mixture of equal parts sand and peat and secure the stem into this.’
      • ‘Use sea salt for its mineral content and mix equal parts with olive or sweet almond oil.’
  • 2Some but not all of something.

    ‘the painting tells only part of the story’
    • ‘Unlike the way people normally see, Estes tries to give all parts of his paintings the same level of importance.’
    • ‘The sad part of the story is that the operation of these models requires a huge amount of data.’
    • ‘Williams admitted that his vet had played a big part in the success story.’
    • ‘The protest story was of course only a small part of the story of the lead-up to war.’
    • ‘Yes, they have injuries, but their bad luck is the lesser part of the story.’
    • ‘The fact that a community may not get their quarterly statements in on time is only a part of the story.’
    • ‘Nearly two dozen paintings, the greater part of his oeuvre, show domestic interiors.’
    • ‘By masking all other parts of the painting we were able to isolate the information that each volunteer needed to see either the nuns or Voltaire.’
    • ‘These may all be included in the journey of your life but they tell only a part of the story.’
    • ‘That was good enough for me and the phrase formed a central part of my story.’
    • ‘Perhaps the saddest part of Dee's story, though, was the failure of her marriage to Darin.’
    • ‘Some suggestions were to stretch the background, to repeat some of the parts of the painting or to just paint part of it.’
    • ‘But in the long run it will not be as important a part of the story as what we choose to do in response to what we suffered.’
    • ‘I aim to help fill this gap by presenting a small part of the story of regulation in Canada.’
    • ‘It was the usual story - the hardest part of the tour was nursing the driver along.’
    • ‘The new movie, Monster, tells a small part of her story but what it does show was that Aileen was no monster.’
    • ‘Whether or not this proves to be the case, we recognise that this is not the end of the story - just a part of it.’
    • ‘The other part of the story is how it has thrived, and that was mainly through its canny trade in woollen goods.’
    • ‘This went further as we decided to use women's stories as a central part of the text.’
    • ‘In some cases only parts of stories were destroyed; in other cases, entire stories were lost.’
    1. 2.1 A point on or area of something.
      ‘hold the furthest part of your leg that you can reach’
      • ‘Given the diameter of the field and the breadth of the river find the area of the non-flooded part of the field.’
      • ‘Customers will access the service by clicking on a link in the customer service area and other parts of the site.’
      • ‘They say that a catalogue of crimes have turned parts of the estate into no-go areas.’
      • ‘The site is in an area neighboring a residential part of the city, north of Harbin.’
      • ‘In the equities trading area in the southern part of the 104th floor was a third group.’
      • ‘To secure their future and help pay off his original mortgage he developed the eastern part of his estate.’
      • ‘The flood waters got into a small part of the basement area of the hotel and also to an underground car park.’
      • ‘The green shaded areas represent the parts of the minefield that have been cleared.’
      • ‘Police later closed one end of Market Street to traffic for safety reasons, and cordoned off other parts of the shopping area.’
      • ‘Mr Holdup said the existing football pitch on the site would remain but part of the playing fields would be built on.’
      • ‘An undertaking relating to a modest part of the retail area addresses that to a limited extent.’
      • ‘The ice plateau is over four kilometres thick in parts and covers an area of 14.2 million square kilometres.’
    2. 2.2partsinformal A region, especially one not clearly specified or delimited.
      ‘those of you who jet off to foreign parts for your holidays’
      • ‘Almost everyone in these parts is linked directly or indirectly to the old steelworks, which lies like an open wound on the other side of the high street.’
      • ‘She came up in these parts, and her grandmother, she says, made sure she knew the earth.’
      • ‘Not many die of old age in these parts, but they clearly do there.’
      • ‘Instead he left the offices of our intended fence and headed off for parts unknown.’
      district, neighbourhood, quarter, section, area, region, sector, zone, belt, territory, locality
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  • 3A role played by an actor or actress.

    ‘she played a lot of leading parts’
    ‘he took the part of Prospero’
    • ‘Mitchell has managed to develop his part into the leading character, or was it Willmott who devised it that way?’
    • ‘Though the actress carried off the part like the seasoned professional she is, it was not all plain sailing.’
    • ‘Both those characters wore masks, so the actors who played the parts really had no name recognition.’
    • ‘The stories in Kabuki plays were usually not as important as the actors who played the leading parts.’
    • ‘Her most illustrious parts were the title roles of Giselle, La Sylphide, and Esmeralda.’
    • ‘She is certainly a strong enough actress to play the part without that sort of gimmickry.’
    • ‘Actors and actress in costumes act the parts of emperor, empress, officials and guards.’
    • ‘All of my other actors and actresses with title parts please get on stage.’
    • ‘The main requirement for the part is that the actress should have absolutely wonderful legs.’
    • ‘Despite the large numbers present it did not deter them from acting out each part to perfection.’
    • ‘The curtain goes up at 8.30 pm and one of the leading parts is played by local man Kevin Lalor Fitzpatrick.’
    • ‘No, my problem is finding actors and actresses to fill the parts.’
    • ‘Before war service in 1916 he played leading parts under Greet in the first regular Shakespeare seasons at the Old Vic.’
    • ‘Writing her own roles also lets her go some way to making up for the dearth of good parts for actresses.’
    • ‘Richard, 43, appears alongside Oakworth woman Katrina Wood in leading parts tonight and tomorrow.’
    • ‘Appropriate passages can be staged with costumed actors portraying the various parts.’
    • ‘The aspiring actress has landed a part in Coronation Street and her new role is poles apart from her old life.’
    • ‘The leading parts were played by Bill Holland and Claire Howell Daly.’
    • ‘Most of the time the dialogue is in the way of speaking of the actor/actress playing the part.’
    • ‘The shift is so complete and subtle that it is often a struggle to remind yourself that it is the same actress playing both parts.’
    • ‘The leading part usually drives the narrative forward but here the story comes at him.’
    role, theatrical role, character, persona, representation, portrayal, depiction
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    1. 3.1 The words and directions to be learned and performed by an actor in a role.
      ‘she was memorizing a part’
      • ‘So why the huge gulf between the actor's response to his part and the audience's interpretation?’
      • ‘For Karolina transvestitism is like acting in a male theatre in Japan, where the women are not allowed and men perform all the parts.’
      lines, words, script, dialogue, speech, libretto, book, lyrics, score
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    2. 3.2Music A melody or other constituent of harmony assigned to a particular voice or instrument in a musical work.
      ‘he coped well with the percussion part’
      • ‘Two parts are scored in treble clef and two parts in bass clef, with suggested instruments listed for each part.’
      • ‘It acts in effect as a shorthand for reading the other orchestral and voice parts above the bass line and for playing the harmonies.’
      • ‘We want to take that beat and apply melodies and choruses and synth parts to make actual songs.’
      • ‘The melody in the tenor part was also often repeated, but not always to synchronize with the rhythmic repeat.’
      • ‘You could assign the voice parts to instruments and lose nothing, and the form would become even clearer.’
      tune, music, air, strain, theme, subject, line, song, refrain, jingle, piece
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  • 4The contribution made by someone or something to an action or situation.

    ‘he played a key part in ending the revolt’
    ‘he may be jailed for his part in the robbery’
    • ‘He also put United on their way with the opening goal and played a key part in setting up their second for Peter Canero.’
    • ‘It is the latest chapter in the history of an airfield which once played a key part in the war as a Bomber Command airbase.’
    • ‘Vonda's songs played a key part in helping the audience identify with Boston lawyer Ally too.’
    • ‘For example, at Leeds Rhinos, we have played a key part in making it use more effective use of its facilities.’
    • ‘He is keen to become a key part of new coach Lee Crooks' plans and is ready to stake his claim for the loose forward shirt.’
    • ‘Eventually his side ensured the points and, fittingly, Belmadi played a key part.’
    • ‘But advice which they received from one of the designers played a key part in their race psyche.’
    • ‘Seek the Frozen Lands should hopefully play a big part in reversing that situation.’
    • ‘The National Party needs to accept that it has also played a part in this situation.’
    • ‘Mr Moore confirmed that the issue would nonetheless be a key part of the party's manifesto in Scotland.’
    • ‘Mr Oakley thinks Yell's involvement is proof that commerce can play a key part.’
    • ‘Every museum and gallery, large and small, has made cultural diversity into a key part of its mission.’
    • ‘It is seen as a key part of the gameplan for next year's general election.’
    • ‘The Leaving Cert is a key part of an Irish education system which is the envy of many countries.’
    • ‘Outdoor activities are a key part of the tourism offering in the Lake District and other parts of Cumbria.’
    • ‘Smith played a key part in modernising the Labour party in the wake of the 1992 election defeat.’
    • ‘For her part in the situation it had to be said that Edith tried a different route to get things changed.’
    • ‘Yet women's rights have become a key part of the West's intervention in Afghanistan.’
    • ‘Music will play a key part in the celebrations as the church boasts an excellent choir and a magnificent organ.’
    • ‘We intend to make the social economy a key part of Canada's social policy tool kit.’
    involvement, role, function, hand, job, task, work, responsibility, capacity, post, position, office, participation, bit, contribution, concern, province
    contribute to, be instrumental in, be a factor in, be partly responsible for, have a hand in, be conducive to, make for, lead to, cause, give rise to
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    1. 4.1one's part The appropriate or expected behaviour in a particular role or situation; one's duty.
      ‘in such a place his part is to make good’
  • 5partsarchaic Abilities.

    • ‘Their security doesn't depend on the might of their individual parts, but their ability to operate as a sum.’
  • 6North American A parting in the hair.

    ‘the part in her hair was white and straight’
    • ‘I wanted to grab a brush and comb from my purse and give grandma a part on the right side of her hair, the way she liked it.’
    • ‘Straight parts and smooth ends flunked out as late-for-class looks rolled on to the runways.’
    • ‘Use side parts with hair swooped across the face to minimize your forehead and draw attention away from your chin.’
    • ‘It is they whom sport attempts to seduce with fashion shows and hot parts and haircuts.’


  • 1no object (of two things) move away from each other.

    ‘his lips parted in a smile’
    • ‘Sara's eyes brightened as her lips parted in an eager smile.’
    • ‘She stared at me when I appeared and her lips parted slightly in a smile that showed the whiteness of her teeth.’
    • ‘Her lips parted in a smile as her hand came up to stroke his face.’
    • ‘When she saw me, her hideously painted lips parted into an evil smile.’
    • ‘Finally, the woman broke the stillness as the edges of the cloak parted.’
    • ‘I placed a butterfly kiss on her forehead and she smiled, her lips parting.’
    • ‘Katrina stared at me for a long time, her full lips parting and closing and curving just a scant few nanometres.’
    • ‘Adam's joke had some effect on Charlton, for his lips parted in a small smile.’
    • ‘Her lips parted in a smile of greeting, showing her pearl-white teeth as we took our seats.’
    • ‘Madame raised her arms heavenward, her lips parting in a wide smile to reveal white, overly-straight teeth.’
    • ‘I remember the sweet nothings that I exchange with Mum each day and my lips part in a smile.’
    • ‘He punched the call button and within a moment, the doors parted for him.’
    • ‘Nicholas snapped out of his stare, and his lips parted into a smile as he turned back around to face the young child.’
    • ‘‘Hi, I'm Deacon,’ he said to her, his lips parting into a smile to show his straight, white teeth.’
    • ‘His eyes stared up at me, his kohl eyeliner artfully smudged, his lips almost parting in a teasing smile.’
    • ‘Then, after he had processed the information and filed it to his satisfaction it seemed, his lips parted in a friendly smile.’
    • ‘I reach the entrance, and when the sliding doors part, a rush of cold air almost pushes me back out of the mall.’
    • ‘Savannah's lips parted into a small smile as she looked around at her friends.’
    • ‘The ashen face in the bed twisted in pain, pale lips parting and pressing together.’
    • ‘The man's lips parted into a dirty smile, he was about to respond when the other two followers walked up.’
    1. 1.1 Divide to leave a central space.
      no object ‘at that moment the mist parted’
      with object ‘she parted the ferns and looked between them’
      • ‘A boy pushed his way to the front, and the crowd parted before him, letting him through.’
      • ‘In the pre-dawn light the mist over the water parting briefly to offer a tiny glimpse of some prehistoric monster.’
      • ‘The mist parted as he cut through it and color poured in to fill the exposed ravines.’
      • ‘I continued to walk and the mist parted, leaving only a soft, fluffy whiteness in the air.’
      • ‘It was not to last long however, when the sea of spaceships finally parted and they once again faced blank space ahead of them.’
      • ‘After a few moments of this, the crowd parted to allow a gaudily dressed fellow with golden eyeglasses looped around his neck to approach me.’
      • ‘Finally, we got to Hermit's Rest: The sun started breaking through, the clouds started parting, and the fog lifted.’
      • ‘The mist parted, and he saw the most hideous thing in his life.’
      • ‘The old metal parted easily, and within moments they were sliding the antique chain through the looped handles.’
      • ‘Abruptly the chill of the water was forgotten, and the mists parted to reveal a woman's robed form.’
      • ‘They started to walk, the crowd parting early to let him through but a moment later, they were gone.’
      • ‘She came out of the small station, the smoke from the departing train billowed across the lane, parting and swirling about the bare hawthorns.’
      • ‘The trees around her parted, and the mist tapered to reveal a small cottage.’
      • ‘The crowd of creatures parts slowly, and in the space created is revealed the small form of a fox.’
      • ‘The Mountains seemed to leer at me through the small spaces where the trees parted.’
      • ‘The thick crowd parted often as fights broke out in different sections.’
      • ‘But a moment later, the sea parted and she could see who it was who had intruded upon her wedding feast.’
      • ‘For a moment the clouds parted, and the sun revealed itself.’
      • ‘In front of them, the mist parted to reveal a river, moving lazily along its course.’
      • ‘The crowd parted, and he stopped and rested a few moments before attempting the three stairs that led to the small wooden stage.’
      separate, divide, divide in two, split, split in two, break up
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  • 2also be partedno object Leave someone's company.

    ‘there was a good deal of kissing before we parted’
    ‘she can't bear to be parted from her daughter again’
    • ‘But the Duchess rushes to her pet's defense and says she will not be parted from the wise squire.’
    • ‘He would find it difficult to be parted from his aunt.’
    • ‘They conversed in the hall up until the final bell rang and then they parted, taking their time to get to class.’
    • ‘She could not, she had told her husband, be parted from the child now.’
    • ‘Body and soul are not meant to be parted from one another.’
    • ‘Soon, they parted, Jude kissing her softly one last time before resting his forehead against hers.’
    • ‘After all why would I want to be parted from my wife so soon?’
    • ‘They parted after some more passionate kisses and love promises neither would remember until the next time together.’
    • ‘So as we parted on the concourse, I kissed her on the cheek - well, she was having none of that, and we had a good kiss!’
    • ‘As we parted, she gave me a kiss on the forehead and told me everything would be okay if I just hoped.’
    • ‘She quickly plugged her cell phone number into his phone and with another kiss they said goodnight and parted.’
    • ‘June eventually parted from her baby and continued with John to say good bye to everyone before they walked out of the house and into the limo.’
    • ‘He kissed my hand as we parted and I knew was in love with him.’
    • ‘After a goodnight and a kiss, they parted, both with their thoughts on each other, and extremely happy.’
    • ‘They finally parted, and the young woman kissed her forehead.’
    • ‘When the sun began to set, we returned to the stables, and after a leisurely and passionate farewell, we parted.’
    • ‘Well, it is a shame to be parted from you, Miss Hawthorne.’
    • ‘He refused to be parted from her, the student who'd saved his life.’
    • ‘Before they parted to catch their buses he'd gently kissed her cheek.’
    • ‘He dropped her off at her car and kissed her on the cheek as they parted.’
    leave, take one's leave, say adieu, say farewell, say goodbye, say one's goodbyes, make one's farewells, say one's farewells, separate, break up, go one's ways, go one's separate ways, take oneself off, set off, be on one's way, go, go away, get going, depart, be off
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  • 3part withno object Give up possession of; hand over.

    ‘even quite small companies parted with large sums’
    • ‘And some have been parting with up to £80 for Valentine's Day roses which come with a 30-inch teddy.’
    • ‘At the desk people were parting with large sums of money for their beloved companions, and were booking to come back.’
    • ‘Most mornings it involves having to part with substantial sums of money.’
    • ‘Its all a ploy to draw the students of the local language schools into parting with their hard-earned traveller's cheques for what they see as an English microcosm.’
    • ‘The jury heard from a string of clients who had parted with sizeable sums of money in the hope of netting big and fast profits.’
    • ‘The problem here is two-fold, firstly there is the fiscal issue - the machine will not vend its wares until the customer parts with 15 pence.’
    • ‘One vivid memory is that of a pensioner shakily parting with the sum of £2 in exchange for a pen marketed in a presentation box.’
    • ‘The biggest concern is that some old people are parting with large sums of their money without properly understanding precisely what it is they are buying.’
    • ‘To feel that someone is not fit to wear the shirt is the ultimate insult to the man, woman or child who parts with their hard-earned cash.’
    • ‘Con artists appear to have hit on a new tactic, moving from traditional street pitches to rented offices as they lure people into parting with their money.’
    • ‘Many remained locked out while others parted with huge sums of cash and one must think that they could well feel somewhat cheated given the vacant chairs inside.’
    • ‘Nothing, it seems, is quite so intoxicating as watching other people part with vast sums of money.’
    • ‘Every householder is willing to part with a fixed sum for modernisation of sewerage disposal.’
    • ‘As an added incentive for those contributing to the scheme, the committee is also setting up a prize draw for everyone who parts with their hard-earned cash.’
    • ‘The government has been working out measures to tempt us to save - preferably, in ways that don't involve its parting with any of our money.’
    • ‘He lost a match and noted in his book that he had to part with the princely sum of three pounds, five shillings.’
    • ‘Though he never parts with his pens I somehow managed to get my hands on one of his estimable pens for a rupee.’
    • ‘The general rule is that a landlord who has parted with possession and control of the demised premises is not liable for nuisances arising on them.’
    • ‘The residents of the complex are parting with a hefty sum every month for the maintenance of the garden.’
    • ‘Some of the dogs that get handed into EAR are bought as cute puppies and, when they grow up and demand more time and exercise, the owner then parts with them.’
    give up, relinquish, forgo, surrender, hand over, deliver up, let go of, renounce, give away, dispose of, discard, abandon, sacrifice, yield, cede
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  • 4with object Separate (the hair of the head on either side of the parting) with a comb.

    ‘his hair was centrally parted’
    • ‘Timothy parted Nadia's hair on the side which draws attention to her beautiful eyes.’
    • ‘He had shoulder length brown hair, mottled with grey, parted centrally in the fashion last seen in about 1982 on dole office regulars and staff.’
    • ‘I parted my hair on the side, letting some hang over one eye, and fluffed it.’
    • ‘After parting her hair on the side and pulling it back into a ponytail with her black ribbon, Josie took a deep breath and headed down to the dining room.’
    • ‘On it lay five things for her hair: a hair tie, a silver comb, a golden brush, a utensil for parting hair, and a gold and silver embroidered ribbon.’
    • ‘Her hair was lighter now, almost a honey blonde and she had curled it, parting her hair on the left side, leaving her bangs in a soft curl turning upwards on the side of her head.’
    • ‘Who needed to know that I never actually did drugs, that my hair was parted on the side, that truth be told, I wasn't cool in the least?’
    • ‘Her shiny, long, brown hair was parted on the side, and swept back into a mass of curly locks at the nape of her neck.’
    • ‘Brushing and parting her hair with a blue wide-toothed comb, she ran the comb down the part, perfecting it until it was a single line.’
    • ‘His sandy brown hair was parted over the right side, and was close trimmed.’
    • ‘He parts his hair on the side, he keeps to himself, he's the person you don't look twice at.’
    • ‘After parting the hair on the side, she pulled it into a high ponytail, securing the bang with hair wax.’
    • ‘Her long, dark brown hair was parted on the side and pulled back in a ponytail and one could barely see her brown eyes for they were looking downward and hidden beneath dark lashes.’
    • ‘His blonde hair was parted and combed neatly, and best of all, he was standing there with a dozen red roses.’
    • ‘I parted my hair to the side, as I bowed my head in respect to those long gone.’
    • ‘Her short, easy-care bob of grey-blonde hair is parted on the side and flicks back like a nun's habit as she rushes along a corridor.’
    • ‘His black hair was parted off to one side, lending a chiseled look to his otherwise unremarkable countenance.’
    • ‘To start, divide your hair into four even sections by parting from ear-to-ear across the top of your head, and from the front hairline to the nape.’
    • ‘His wavy black hair was parted from the side, and his eyes were hazel green.’
    • ‘His sandy hair was parted neatly to one side, and although he could not be construed as handsome, he wasn't bad to look at.’


  • To some extent; partly (often used to contrast different parts of something)

    ‘the city is now part slum, part consumer paradise’
    • ‘Part crazy, part mangy, all rabid, you're the pirate all the others fear might just snap soon.’
    • ‘The post would be part funded by Essex County Council for the next three years.’
    • ‘On arrival the casualty was part ejected from the vehicle and an ambulance crew was working on him.’
    • ‘The comic book nickname said it all: he was part superman, part inspirational leader.’
    • ‘Fargo is part episodic, at least, yet it manages to maintain tension and generate a drive through the story.’
    • ‘Will Airbus invest as heavily in its British factories as it did when there was part British ownership?’
    • ‘It is part art, part emotion, part inspiration, and part active present participle.’
    • ‘The new owners want to restore the building for a variety of uses, including part residential.’
    • ‘Certainly, the former, part caterwaul and part coy coo, will be an acquired taste.’
    • ‘Ian has taken a month's leave, part un-paid, to lend the Lilywhites his support.’
    • ‘It is part of a plan to improve the green which will be part funded by West Limerick Resources.’
    to a certain degree, to a certain extent, to a limited degree, to a limited extent, to some degree, to some extent, partly, partially, in part, half, in some measure, relatively, comparatively, moderately, to a point, up to a point, a little, somewhat
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  • be part and parcel of

    • Be an essential feature or element of.

      ‘it's best to accept that some inconveniences are part and parcel of travel’
      • ‘In this way the reader would read, the reader would be able to read, in this way the process of thinking would be evident, would be part and parcel of what we read.’
      • ‘Indeed, this is part and parcel of what we call literature.’
      • ‘He mentioned qualities such as loyalty, reliability, dedication, integrity and honesty as being part and parcel of what you got when you encountered Bill.’
      • ‘Tony's interest in the sport arose from his work where being able to handle sheepdogs is part and parcel of what he does.’
      • ‘‘It is part and parcel of what makes him a good player,’ he says.’
      • ‘Then again, this is part and parcel of most political systems, including China's dynastic cycles.’
      • ‘That is a concern, and it is part and parcel of what parole provisions should be, if we are to have a parole system, but it should not ever be at the expense of the sentence.’
      • ‘It was also accepted that incineration was part and parcel of all the Regional Waste Management Plans.’
      • ‘You wouldn't get away with that in other industries associating that sort of success with an activity, but that was part and parcel of what we used to see every night on the television.’
      • ‘Whether that is part and parcel of what has happened I don't know.’
  • for my (or his, her, etc.) part

    • As far as I am (or he, she, etc., is) concerned.

      ‘I for my part find the story less than convincing’
      • ‘Crowley, for his part, was puzzled by the referee's decision to penalise him.’
      • ‘Wells, for his part also seemed excited about his contribution to the team and his berth in the nationals.’
      • ‘Now, for my part, I never heard anyone suggest such a connection.’
      • ‘But for my part, I won't be paying any more attention to anyone's gender - even if they ask me to - than I do now.’
      • ‘Welch, for his part, sees the people he hired, and Immelt in particular, as his main legacy.’
      • ‘I, for my part, have been a passionate admirer of Saramago since the early 1990s, when I first reviewed him for The Nation.’
      • ‘Simon, for his part, was preparing to party a bar in town put on standby hours before any count result was announced.’
      • ‘We travelled along in a conversationless silence, which though partly enforced by the noise of the cycle and the disposition of its passengers, was for my part, both voluntary and welcome.’
      • ‘Yesterday we spent inside in the tippy tail of Hurricane Gustaf, listening to the barn creak and moan, watching little parts of the barn roof lift off and, for my part, panicking.’
      • ‘Cook, for his part, professes to have been unaware of any ill-feeling until 1987 at the earliest.’
      for my part, for my own part, for myself, according to my way of thinking, to my mind, in my estimation, as far as i am concerned, in my opinion, in my view, in my own opinion, in my own view, from my own point of view, from where i stand, from my standpoint, as i see it, if you ask me, for my money, in my book
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  • in part

    • To some extent though not entirely.

      ‘the cause of the illness is at least in part psychological’
      • ‘To an extremely limited extent we can comment in part on what little we're presented with.’
      • ‘That is not however the only aspect of his diary which, at least in part, makes up for its other failings.’
      • ‘It is, at least in part, the duty of politicians to motivate the public to vote.’
      • ‘The decline is due, at least in part, to sea lice infestations spreading from fish farms.’
      • ‘The story, in part in least, made the front page of the local paper this morning.’
      • ‘Governments are elected and rejected at least in part on the question of immigration.’
      • ‘Sport can be excused, at least in part, for not knowing what to make of such advice.’
      • ‘The character of the two displays is, in part at least, determined by the spaces they occupy.’
      • ‘These were tricks he had learned at least in part from his experience across the Atlantic.’
      • ‘Which may help to explain, at least in part, his attitude to his last great track race.’
      to a certain degree, to a certain extent, to a limited degree, to a limited extent, to some degree, to some extent, partly, partially, half, in some measure, relatively, comparatively, moderately, to a point, up to a point, a little, somewhat
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  • look the part

    • Have an appearance or style of dress appropriate to one's role or situation.

      ‘he had been a major in an infantry regiment and he looked the part’
      • ‘They were also able to dress up and one boy dressed up as Henry VIII and he looked the part.’
      • ‘Jones, for his part, looked the part, dressed in a black leather jacket and black shades, and he opted for a business-like approach to his craft.’
      • ‘They were going to play the role of Parliamentarians and were determined to look the part.’
      • ‘Does he look the part, dressed in neat, conservative clothing?’
      • ‘We looked the part, but appearances came be deceptive, as I was soon to discover.’
      • ‘Dressed to kill in a gold trimmed dress with gold trimmed and spangly shoes, she looked the part even if her game did not let her act it.’
      • ‘The Queen put much store in looking the part and continued to dress expensively in civilian couture.’
      • ‘Some of the class are dressed as if for the gym; others look the part with leather raincoats, figure-hugging skirts and strappy tops.’
      • ‘By dress and demeanor, look the part you wish to play.’
      • ‘Known as ‘the man with the perfect profile,’ Taylor certainly looks the part, but plays the role with an overdose of dignity and solemnity.’
  • a man of (many) parts

    • A man with great ability in many different areas.

      ‘he was a man of parts—a painter, Egyptologist, and biographer’
      • ‘Clearly a man of parts, Marston is quite as intriguing as the musicians whose performances he so lovingly restores.’
      • ‘Erskine was a man of many parts, something like the Renaissance ideal of a man: An educator, concert pianist, author of 60 books, head of a school and a popular and witty lecturer.’
      • ‘Lulchev is a man of many parts: psychiatrist, neurologist, administrator, amateur chef, and entrepreneur.’
      • ‘Instead of seeking a reductive unity, one should allow him to retain his vitality as a man of parts, engaged in a range of valuable general enterprises that may not have a common denominator.’
      • ‘Paddy was officially the editor then, but in truth he was much more, a man of many parts who was as gifted as a linotype operator as he was in fulfilling his role as ‘the boss’.’
      • ‘Gambler, cardsharp, alchemist, musician, spy, philosopher, entrepreneur, Casanova was a man of many parts, yet his reputation rests firmly on one.’
      • ‘Besides, Quraishi has been a man of many parts - sprinter and striker, writer and broadcaster, theatre and television personality.’
      • ‘Thomas has been blind since birth but that doesn't stop him from being a singer, a musician, an actor and a man of many parts.’
      • ‘He was a man of many parts, a great sailor, warrior, traveller, family man and loyal friend.’
      • ‘He truly is a man of many parts, and seemingly the man for every occasion.’
  • on the part of (or on my, their, etc., part)

    • Used to ascribe responsibility for something to someone.

      ‘there was a series of errors on my part’
      • ‘So there is a bit of responsibility on my part not to treat it as a gimmick.’
      • ‘Similarly there is a responsibility on the part of the walker to honour the deal.’
      • ‘There was very little mind reading required on my part as to what was going on, and he made space for us to do a family outing as well.’
      • ‘But it was a major error on their part to attack the U.N. It does show they are getting desperate.’
      • ‘You definitely deserved some of it, but a lot of it was error on my part, and I'm sorry.’
      • ‘It transpires that it was a clerical error on their part - obviously - and a huge one too.’
      • ‘The Institute concede there was an error on their part, but insist the athlete must bear some responsibility too.’
      • ‘My initial instinct is to take her side, but that's fairly obviously just a knee-jerk response on my part.’
      • ‘I think it was good to promote safe and responsible drinking on their part.’
      • ‘In retrospect, it's clear that we regarded that as an error on their part.’
      by, made by, done by, carried out by, caused by, from, in, of
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  • part company

    • 1(of two or more people) cease to be together; go in different directions.

      ‘they parted company outside the Red Lion’
      • ‘I was surprised Watford parted company with him, but that seems to be the trend in football nowadays.’
      • ‘During the time that we spent together, we learned a lot about each other and when we parted company, it was outside my hotel room with a long kiss good night.’
      • ‘We parted company with Kevin with a degree of sadness.’
      • ‘We will part company with the lie of ‘all getting together soon’ knowing how the rest of the evening will play out.’
      • ‘Marsha's companions on the night she was murdered will recount their movements; Louisa and Natasha went with Marsha to a cinema in Kingston and parted company with her when they took a separate bus home.’
      • ‘So routine was this sort of thing for him, that they never really even parted company with a ‘goodbye’, or ‘see you tomorrow.’’
      • ‘With plenty of daylight still remaining we parted company with our well-laundered opponents and disbanded as unceremoniously as we had arrived.’
      1. 1.1(of two or more parties) cease to associate with each other, especially as the result of a disagreement.
        ‘the chairman has parted company with the club’
        • ‘Later, he bitterly parted company with the militants who spurred the great strike of 1951, paving the way for a slightly kinder, gentler face to industrial labour.’
        • ‘The past year has seen many bands come together and also part company.’
        • ‘We wrote that one together and then we parted company on the final script because we didn't agree about the direction the story should take.’
        • ‘‘I am shocked and disappointed to have parted company with Tottenham over the weekend only six matches into the new season,’ Hoddle said.’
        • ‘He said any couple could choose to divorce if they found it difficult to live together and employers and employees could also part company for the same reason.’
        • ‘Similarly, when he parted company with a business colleague of many years standing, he did his best to persuade him to stay and was ‘deeply touched’ when asked to speak at his funeral.’
        • ‘After the first album, the band parted company with Warhol and Nico and recorded White Light / White Heat, a cacophonous, relentless assault on the ears and taste.’
        • ‘He parted company with the US in 1995 over his refusal to take on extra duties in player development, and the same year was dismissed by Mexico after lasting only three months in his second spell with that national side.’
        • ‘He informed me that the Directors felt this was the right time to part company.’
        • ‘Basically, we didn't agree with some of the structures being implemented by the Board of Directors and decided that it would be in the best interests of everyone involved if we parted company with the club.’
        disagree with, fail to agree with, express disagreement with, be at odds with, be at variance with, argue with, take issue with
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  • part up (with)

    • informal Pay money, especially reluctantly.

      ‘he parted up with $10,000 over that period’
      • ‘He 'ad money, he just wouldn't part up with it.’
      • ‘He'd not have minded parting up with seventy-seven bob if he'd had it in his pocket or if he'd been sure.’
      • ‘When the lads put the 'hard wood' on him he parted up with the £1.’
      • ‘If the petrol companies cannot provide the simplest amenities, when you are parting up with sixty pounds of your hard earned cash, then they will soon be a thing of the past.’
      • ‘It is important information that potential buyers need to know before parting up the cash.’
  • take part

    • Join in an activity; be involved.

      ‘we have come here to take part in a major game’
      ‘they ran away and took no part in the battle’
      • ‘Schools taking part will enjoy activities designed to promote reading as a fun activity.’
      • ‘My wife is not as good a judge, in my opinion, as she does not take part in sporting activities.’
      • ‘Everybody who takes part will be entered in a draw for all sorts of prizes from a computer to a journey by hot air balloon.’
      • ‘Last year, thousands of children at hundreds of schools took part in all kinds of activities.’
      • ‘The firm has also pledged to raise money by taking part in events and activities throughout the year.’
      • ‘She gets a lot of time to indulge in her hobbies like gardening and reading, goes for walk and takes part in many other activities.’
      • ‘The youngsters were sponsored by their families and friends to take part in an activity.’
      • ‘Youngsters at a Trowbridge church have been taking part in a season of seaside activities.’
      • ‘Jay insists that his son takes part in the same activities as every other kid in America: baseball, basketball and camp.’
      • ‘Thank you to everybody who contributed to and took part in the Menu for Hope.’
      participate, join in, get involved, enter, go in for something, throw oneself into something, share in something, play a part, play a role, be a participant, partake, contribute, be associated, associate oneself, have a hand, have something to do with something, be party to something, be a party to something, cooperate, help, assist, lend a hand
      participate in, engage in, enter into, join in, get involved in, go in for, throw oneself into, share in, play a part in, play a role in, be a participant in, partake in, contribute to, be associated with, associate oneself with, have a hand in, have something to do with, be party to, be a party to
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  • take the part of

    • Give support and encouragement to (someone) in a dispute.

      ‘her sister was the one person who had always taken her part’
      • ‘Although personally I usually end up taking the part of the stupid boy in that story.’
      support, give one's support to, take the side of, side with, be on the side of, stand by, stand up for, stick up for, be supportive of, encourage, back, back up, give one's backing to, uphold, be loyal to, defend, come to the defence of, champion, ally with, ally oneself with, associate oneself with, favour, abet, aid and abet
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Old English (denoting a part of speech), from Latin pars, part-. The verb (originally in Middle English in the sense ‘divide into parts’) is from Old French partir, from Latin partire, partiri ‘divide, share’.