Definition of part in English:

part

Syllabification: part
Pronunciation: /pärt
 
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noun

1A piece or segment of something such as an object, activity, or period of time, which combined with other pieces makes up the whole: divide the circle into three equal parts the early part of 1989
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  • The rule that a part equalled the whole day was not appropriate in this context.
  • This was an idea enthusiastically taken up by the Fabians in the early part of the twentieth century.
  • 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.
Synonyms
bit, slice, chunk, lump, hunk, wedge, fragment, scrap, piece; portion, proportion, percentage, fraction
1.1An element or constituent that belongs to something and is essential to its nature: I was part of the family
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  • I don't expect cats to be free of the wild instinct that's an essential part of their nature.
  • Gambling is a fundamental part of human nature - we all take risks in daily life.
  • Make the formation of a constitution a fundamental part of creating a community space.
1.2A component of a machine: the production of aircraft parts
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  • I let contracts for the manufacture of parts, assembled the sets in my apartment, and sold them however I could.
  • The Rover company took over in 1941, using the building to manufacture aircraft parts for the war effort.
  • That's just what researchers want for the mechanical parts of nanoscale machines.
Synonyms
1.3A measure allowing comparison between the amounts of different ingredients used in a mixture: repot plants in a mixture of three parts soil, one part sand
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  • 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.
1.4A specified fraction of a whole: they paid a twentieth part of the cost
1.5A division of a book treated as a unit in which a particular topic is discussed.
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  • Books were published in parts, as periodicals, with the added attraction of illustrations, for later binding.
  • The judge said the publication of large parts of the book in News Limited newspapers largely destroyed the value of the material.
  • The TV investigation, Running The Gauntlet, is being broadcast in two parts tonight and next week in the West Country.
Synonyms
section, division, volume, chapter, act, scene, installment
1.6 (parts) informal short for private parts.
2Some but not all of something: the painting tells only part of the story
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  • The fact that a community may not get their quarterly statements in on time is only a part of the story.
  • These may all be included in the journey of your life but they tell only a part of the story.
  • Yes, they have injuries, but their bad luck is the lesser part of the story.
2.1A point on or area of something: hold the furthest part of your leg that you can reach
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  • The site is in an area neighboring a residential part of the city, north of Harbin.
  • The green shaded areas represent the parts of the minefield that have been cleared.
  • Given the diameter of the field and the breadth of the river find the area of the non-flooded part of the field.
2.2 (parts) informal A region, especially one not clearly specified or delimited: they wanted to know why he was loitering in these parts
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  • Not many die of old age in these parts, but they clearly do there.
  • 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.
Synonyms
3A character as represented in a play or movie; a role played by an actor or actress: she played a lot of leading parts he took the part of Prospero
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  • No, my problem is finding actors and actresses to fill the parts.
  • The aspiring actress has landed a part in Coronation Street and her new role is poles apart from her old life.
  • Most of the time the dialogue is in the way of speaking of the actor/actress playing the part.
Synonyms
(theatrical) role, character, persona
3.1The words and directions to be learned and performed by an actor playing a role: she was memorizing a part
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  • For Karolina transvestitism is like acting in a male theatre in Japan, where the women are not allowed and men perform all the parts.
  • So why the huge gulf between the actor's response to his part and the audience's interpretation?
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3.2 Music 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
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  • You could assign the voice parts to instruments and lose nothing, and the form would become even clearer.
  • 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.
3.3The 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
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  • Seek the Frozen Lands should hopefully play a big part in reversing that situation.
  • For her part in the situation it had to be said that Edith tried a different route to get things changed.
  • The National Party needs to accept that it has also played a part in this situation.
Synonyms
involvement, role, function, hand, work, responsibility, capacity, position, participation, contribution
informal bit
3.4The behavior appropriate to or expected of a person in a particular role or situation; a person’s duty: in such a place his part is to make good
4 (parts) archaic Abilities.
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  • Their security doesn't depend on the might of their individual parts, but their ability to operate as a sum.
5North American A line of scalp revealed in a person’s hair by combing the hair away in opposite directions on either side.
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  • 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.
  • Use side parts with hair swooped across the face to minimize your forehead and draw attention away from your chin.

verb

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1(Of two things) move away from each other: his lips parted in a smile
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  • Madame raised her arms heavenward, her lips parting in a wide smile to reveal white, overly-straight teeth.
  • ‘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.
1.1Divide to leave a central space: [no object]: at that moment the mist parted [with object]: she parted the ferns and looked between them
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  • In the pre-dawn light the mist over the water parting briefly to offer a tiny glimpse of some prehistoric monster.
  • The mist parted, and he saw the most hideous thing in his life.
  • The mist parted as he cut through it and color poured in to fill the exposed ravines.
Synonyms
separate, divide (in two), split (in two), move apart
1.2Leave someone’s company: there was a good deal of kissing and more congratulations before we parted
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  • After all why would I want to be parted from my wife so soon?
  • He refused to be parted from her, the student who'd saved his life.
  • Well, it is a shame to be parted from you, Miss Hawthorne.
Synonyms
leave, take one's leave, say goodbye/farewell, say one's goodbyes/farewells, go one's (separate) ways, split, go away, depart
1.3 (be parted) Leave the company of someone: she can’t bear to be parted from her daughter again
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  • And his fists held mysterious, tiny balls of fluff from which he could not bear to be parted.
1.4 (part with) Give up possession of; hand over: even quite small companies parted with large sums
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  • 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.
  • Every householder is willing to part with a fixed sum for modernisation of sewerage disposal.
  • Nothing, it seems, is quite so intoxicating as watching other people part with vast sums of money.
Synonyms
give up/away, relinquish, forgo, surrender, hand over, deliver up, dispose of
1.5 [with object] Separate (the hair of the head on either side of the part) with a comb.
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  • 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.
  • After parting the hair on the side, she pulled it into a high ponytail, securing the bang with hair wax.
  • Timothy parted Nadia's hair on the side which draws attention to her beautiful eyes.

adverb

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To some extent; partly (often used to contrast different parts of something): the city is now part slum, part consumer paradise
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  • Fargo is part episodic, at least, yet it manages to maintain tension and generate a drive through the story.
  • Ian has taken a month's leave, part un-paid, to lend the Lilywhites his support.
  • Will Airbus invest as heavily in its British factories as it did when there was part British ownership?
Synonyms
to a certain extent/degree, to some extent/degree, partly, partially, in part, half, relatively, comparatively, (up) to a point, somewhat; not totally, not entirely, (very) nearly, almost, just about, all but

Origin

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'.

Phrases

act the part

Behave in a way appropriate to the particular role or situation that one is in.
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  • I can hardly hold it against you for acting the part.
  • She didn't want to play this game anymore, didn't want to act the part.
  • These kids don't just dress the part; they act the part, too.

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
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  • 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.
  • It was also accepted that incineration was part and parcel of all the Regional Waste Management Plans.
  • ‘It is part and parcel of what makes him a good player,’ he says.

for my (or his, her, etc.) part

Used to focus attention on one person or group and distinguish them from others involved in a situation: for my part I was glad when the end of September came
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  • Welch, for his part, sees the people he hired, and Immelt in particular, as his main legacy.
  • 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.
  • 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.

in part

To some extent though not entirely: the cause of the illness is at least in part psychological
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  • 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.
  • The character of the two displays is, in part at least, determined by the spaces they occupy.
Synonyms
to a certain extent/degree, to some extent/degree, partly, partially, slightly, in some measure, (up) to a point

look the part

Have an appearance or style of dress appropriate to a particular role or situation.
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  • The Queen put much store in looking the part and continued to dress expensively in civilian couture.
  • We looked the part, but appearances came be deceptive, as I was soon to discover.
  • 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.

a man of (many) parts

A man showing great ability in many different areas.
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  • 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.
  • 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.

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
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  • The Institute concede there was an error on their part, but insist the athlete must bear some responsibility too.
  • So there is a bit of responsibility on my part not to treat it as a gimmick.
  • 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.
Synonyms
(made/done) by, carried out by, caused by, from

part company

(Of two or more people) cease to be together; go in different directions: they parted company outside the Red Lion
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  • 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 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.
(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
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ‘I am shocked and disappointed to have parted company with Tottenham over the weekend only six matches into the new season,’ Hoddle said.

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
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  • The firm has also pledged to raise money by taking part in events and activities throughout the year.
  • Schools taking part will enjoy activities designed to promote reading as a fun activity.
  • Jay insists that his son takes part in the same activities as every other kid in America: baseball, basketball and camp.
Synonyms
participate, join in, get involved, enter, play a part/role, be a participant, contribute, have a hand, help, assist, lend a handparticipate in, engage in, join in, get involved in, share in, play a part/role in, be a participant in, contribute to, be associated with, have a hand in

take the part of

Give support and encouragement to (someone) in a dispute.
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  • Although personally I usually end up taking the part of the stupid boy in that story.

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