Definition of parting in English:



  • 1The action of leaving or being separated from someone.

    ‘they exchanged a few words on parting’
    ‘an emotional parting from her two young children’
    • ‘So when feeling dies, love dies, and relationships disintegrate and divorce or parting is the next step.’
    • ‘This story of parting manages to be poignant and pretty yet not cloying and the rhythm will move you as much as the words.’
    • ‘In the story of this passion, too, the development varies: sometimes it is the glorious marriage, sometimes frustration and final parting.’
    • ‘Edna dear, there is no parting from those we love, no distance can divide, for today in memory's garden, we will walk side-by-side.’
    • ‘For a couple embarking on a serious relationship, discussion of the terms to apply at parting is almost a contradiction of the shared hopes that have brought them together.’
    • ‘Walking through the garden afterwards, she felt the usual feeling on their parting, fear and longing.’
    • ‘We are very attached to our tatty old dory, however; parting will be quite hard when the time comes.’
    • ‘In the film Oliver's attempt to get Fagin to pray is overwhelmed by the emotional intensity of Fagin's sense of parting from the young orphan he took in.’
    farewell, leave-taking, goodbye, adieu, departure, leaving
    separation, break-up, splitting up, split, split-up, breaking up, divorce, rift, breach, parting of the ways, estrangement, rupture
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  • 2The action of dividing something into parts.

    ‘the parting of the Red Sea’
    • ‘With the parting of the heated wire, both ends of the cutoff are identical and slightly rounded.’
    • ‘The centerpiece is the parting of the Red Sea and its subsequent disposal of Rameses's guards and chariots.’
    • ‘The chief appeared with a dramatic parting of tent-flaps.’
    • ‘Only grand events of martyrhood, bloody deaths, crusades, sea partings, and other jejune items could evoke faith, could tease belief from the listless and fickle populace.’
    • ‘From there came the years in Egypt, ending when Moses brought forth the plagues to convince Pharaoh to let his people go, and the parting of the Red Sea.’
    • ‘It was one o'clock, and I felt as if I had been up since the parting of the heavens and the earth.’
    • ‘For the climax of Exodus is not found in the story of the departure from Egypt, nor in the death of the firstborn, nor in the parting of the Red Sea, nor in the giving of the law on Sinai.’
    • ‘In Part Three, Cusick pointedly refers to Exodus when he compares the crossing of the Mississippi on a vine that breaks to the parting of the Red Sea.’
    • ‘I suddenly believed all those Biblical stories that I had learned as a child, such as the Flood and the parting of the Red Sea, were true.’
    • ‘Like the parting of the Red Sea, the crowd parted for the Boom-Boom Kitty vehicles, allowing them access to the alien vehicle.’
    • ‘Science can comment usefully on such issues as the age of the Shroud of Turin, the parting of the Red Sea, or genetic studies of alleged lost tribes of Israel.’
    • ‘She wondered if she would be less devastated if she hadn't witnessed the parting of her father's soul, but couldn't find a definite answer.’
    • ‘Much similar to the parting of the Red Sea, the white cloud split into two as the mad scientist confidently strolled out of it.’
    • ‘It was the parting of the seas, with Jocelyn in the middle of the forming path.’
    • ‘Remember the parting of the Red Sea, along with so many other interventions which led to the Exodus from Egypt.’
    • ‘I tried it, sort of expecting a parting of the Red Sea.’
    • ‘Londoners tend to scurry outside at the slightest hint of sunshine, so feel free to look for a parting of the clouds and mention how lovely it is.’
    division, dividing, separation, separating, splitting, breaking apart, breaking up, severance, disjoining, detachment, partition, partitioning
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  • 3British A part in the hair.