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  1. part
  2. noun

    • 1. a 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
    • 2. an element or constituent that belongs to something and is essential to its nature:

      I was part of the family
    • 3. a component of a machine:

      the production of aircraft parts
    • 4. a specified fraction of a whole:

      they paid a twentieth part of the cost
    • 5. a division of a book treated as a unit in which a particular topic is discussed:

      this theme will be further explored in Parts Four and Five of the book Part Four of the series
    • 6. a 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
    • 7. some but not all of something:

      the painting tells only part of the story
    • 8. a point on or area of something:

      hold the furthest part of your leg that you can reach
    • 9. a region, especially one not clearly specified or delimited:

      they wanted to know why he was loitering in these parts
    • 10. a 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
      Synonym : role, theatrical role, character, persona, representation, portrayal, depiction
    • 11. the words and directions to be learned and performed by an actor playing a role:

      she was memorizing a part
      Synonym : lines, words, script, dialogue, speech, libretto, book, lyrics, score
    • 12. 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
    • 13. the 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 they were legislating for a future they had no part in
    • 14. the 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
    • 15. abilities.

    • 16. a line of scalp revealed in a person's hair by combing the hair away in opposite directions on either side.

      the part in her hair was white and straight


    • 1. (of two things) move away from each other:

      his lips parted in a smile
    • 2. divide to leave a central space:

      at that moment the mist parted she parted the ferns and looked between them
      Synonym : separate, divide, divide in two, split, split in two, break up, move apart, disjoin
    • 3. leave someone's company:

      there was a good deal of kissing and more congratulations before we parted
      Synonym : leave, take one's leave, say goodbye/farewell/adieu, say one's goodbyes, say/make one's farewells, separate, break up, go one's (separate) ways, take oneself off, set off, be on one's way, go, go away, get going, depart, be off, split, push off, hit the road, skedaddle, scram, shove off
    • 4. leave the company of someone:

      she can't bear to be parted from her daughter again
    • 5. give up possession of; hand over:

      even quite small companies parted with large sums
    • 6. separate (the hair of the head on either side of the part) with a comb.


    • 1. to some extent; partly (often used to contrast different parts of something):

      the city is now part slum, part consumer paradise
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: part, plural noun: parts

    • noun

      an amount or section which, when combined with others, makes up the whole of something:

      an element or constituent that is essential to the nature of something:

    • verb

      (of two things) move away from each other:

      divide to leave a central space:

    • adverb

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

      the action of leaving or being separated from someone:

      the action of dividing something into parts:

    • noun

      the action of leaving or being separated from someone:

      the action of dividing something into parts:

    • adjective

      employed for or occupying only part of the usual working day or week:
    • adverb

      for only part of the usual working day or week:
    • noun

      the end of a rope in a ship's rigging that is made fast, as distinct from the end to be hauled on.

      (in knot-tying) the main part of the rope as opposed to the free end.

    • to some extent though not entirely
    • noun

      an unaccompanied secular song with three or more voice parts, typically homophonic rather than contrapuntal in style.
    • (of two or more people) cease to be together; go in different directions
    • noun

      a duplicate part to replace a lost or damaged part of a machine.
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