Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group
    the government must do its part
    play its role
  2. (noun, act) the part played by a person in bringing about a result
    they all did their share of the work
  3. (noun, artifact) something less than the whole of a human artifact
    glue the two parts together
  4. (noun, body) a line of scalp that can be seen when sections of hair are combed in opposite directions
  5. (noun, cognition) that which concerns a person with regard to a particular role or situation
    they resisted every effort on his part
  6. (noun, cognition) one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole
    the finance section of the company
    the BBC's engineering division
  7. (noun, cognition) an actor's portrayal of someone in a play
  8. (noun, communication) the melody carried by a particular voice or instrument in polyphonic music
  9. (noun, location) the extended spatial location of something
    religions in all parts of the world
    regions of outer space
  10. (noun, object) a portion of a natural object
    he needed a piece of granite
  11. (noun, possession) assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group
  12. (noun, linkdef) something determined in relation to something that includes it
    I read a portion of the manuscript
    the smaller component is hard to reach
    the animal constituent of plankton
  13. (verb, contact) force, take, or pull apart
    Moses parted the Red Sea
  14. (verb, contact) come apart
  15. (verb, motion) leave
  16. (verb, motion) go one's own way; move apart
  17. (verb, social) discontinue an association or relation; go different ways
    The couple separated after 25 years of marriage
    My friend and I split up
  18. (adv, all) in part; in some degree; not wholly
    He was partially paralyzed

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Alternate forms of Part

Derivations: partial, parting, partitive

Hyponyms: accompaniment, acicula, aerospace, air, allocation, allotment, allowance, appendage, atmosphere, backbone, backup, baddie, balance, base, basis, bass, bass part, beginning, belt, biosphere, bit, bit part, black hole, blaze, blaze out, body part, bottleneck, bottom, bout, break, break apart, break away, break off, break up, break with, bulb, bust, butt, calve, capacity, chip, chip off, chukka, chukker, come away, come off, compartmentalise, compartmentalize, component, constituent, corner, corpus, county, craton, cut, cut up, cutout, cutting, deep space, depth, detach, detail, diffract, disarticulate, disassociate, discerp, disconnect, disjoin, disjoint, dismember, dispensation, disperse, dissipate, dissociate, distance, disunify, disunite, divorce, dole, eden, edgeworth-kuiper belt, element, end, exterior, extremity, factor, final period, first period, foible, fore edge, foredge, forte, fraction, fragment, frame, game, gerrymander, gin, give the axe, give the bounce, give the gate, half, hat, heaven, heavy, heel, heliosphere, hell, hell on earth, hellhole, hero, heroine, high point, house, hub, hunk, inferno, ingenue, ingredient, inning, inside, interest, intergalactic space, interior, interplanetary space, interstellar space, ionosphere, isolate, item, jetsam, joint, keep apart, kuiper belt, language unit, layer, lieu, lift off, limb, linguistic unit, lump, mansion, mare, maria, member, middle, minor role, musical accompaniment, name part, neck, nirvana, nub, outside, over, papua, paradise, particular, partition, partition off, peen, period, piece, place, planetary house, point, polarise, polarize, portfolio, position, pressing, primo, profit sharing, promised land, quarter, radius, ration, reduce, remainder, residual, residue, residuum, rest, roar off, round, rupture, sally forth, sally out, scatter, seat, secede, second fiddle, second period, secondo, section, segment, segregate, sequester, sequestrate, set apart, sever, shangri-la, shank, side, sign, sign of the zodiac, sind, slice, snake pit, snap, spine, splinter, split, split up, spread out, stake, star sign, stead, strip, stub, subdivide, subpart, substance, support, take apart, take off, tear, the pits, title role, toe, top, tranche, turn, turnout, unit, upstage, upstairs, vacuity, vacuum, villain, voice part, waist, way, widening, world, wreckage, zodiac, zone

Hypernyms: air, assets, attempt, change, characterization, concept, conception, concern, construct, displace, duty, effort, enactment, endeavor, endeavour, go away, go forth, leave, line, location, melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, move, object, personation, physical object, portrayal, relation, strain, thing, try, tune

Origin of the word Part

  1. c.1000, "part of speech," from O.Fr. part, from L. partem (nom. pars, gen. partis) "part, piece, side, share," related to L. portio "share, portion," from PIE base *per- "to assign, allot" (cf. Gk. peprotai "it has been granted," Skt. purtam "reward," Hittite parshiya- "fraction, part"). It has replaced native de… more
  2. late 13c., "to divide into parts," from O.Fr. partir "to divide, separate," from L. partire, from pars (see part (n.)). Sense of "to separate (someone from someone else)" is from early 14c.; that of "to take leave" is from early 15c. Meaning "to separate the hair" is attested from 1610s. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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