Definition of parting in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpärdiNG/


1The action of leaving or being separated from someone: they exchanged a few words on parting her parting from Stephen
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  • In the story of this passion, too, the development varies: sometimes it is the glorious marriage, sometimes frustration and final parting.
  • 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.
  • 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.
2The action of dividing something into parts: the parting of the Red Sea
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  • 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.
  • It was one o'clock, and I felt as if I had been up since the parting of the heavens and the earth.
  • 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.
division, dividing, separation, separating, splitting, breaking up/apart, partition, partitioning
informal splitsville
2.1British A part in the hair.
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  • Most of these manly poses usually ended with one of us looking right down the barrel at certain death, or, on one occasion, holding the bloody thing the wrong way round and shooting a pellet right through the parting on his hair.
  • He had short dark hair with a parting and wore navy jogging bottoms and a white top with a blue and red stripe.
  • When the two returned from Hardwar, Sahiban had a dot of sindoor on her forehead and some more in the parting of her hair.


a (or the) parting of the ways

A point at which two people must separate or at which a decision must be taken: the best course is to seek an amicable parting of the ways
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  • That parting of the ways will mean the end of Caledonian Capital, the joint venture between the Bank of Scotland and the Royal, which was intended to fund major acquisitions and mergers using the combined firepower of the two banks.
  • A commercial parting of the ways between Scotland's professional and community clubs - which to all extents and purposes has already happened in footballing terms - is now inevitable.
  • The Section 28 debacle, which first marked the parting of the ways between Holyrood and Scotland, was an initiative of Wendy Alexander, who was also effectively the author of the Scotland Act.

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Syllabification: part·ing

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