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Definition of 'part'


  1. something determined in relation to something that includes it; "he wanted to feel a part of something bigger than himself"; "I read a portion of the manuscript"; "the smaller component is hard to reach"
       Synonyms: portion component part component
  2. the extended spatial location of something; "the farming regions of France"; "religions in all parts of the world"; "regions of outer space"
       Synonyms: region
  3. in so far as the actor specified is concerned; "it requires vigilance on our part"; "they resisted every effort on his part"
  4. something less than the whole of a human artifact; "the rear part of the house"; "glue the two parts together"
       Synonyms: portion
  5. one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole; "the written part of the exam"; "the finance section of the company"; "the BBC's engineering division"
       Synonyms: section division
  6. the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group; "the function of a teacher"; "the government must do its part"; "play its role"
       Synonyms: function office role
  7. a portion of a natural object; "they analyzed the river into three parts"; "he needed a piece of granite"
       Synonyms: piece
  8. an actor's portrayal of someone in a play; "she played the part of Desdemona"
       Synonyms: character role theatrical role persona
  9. assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group; "he wanted his share in cash"
       Synonyms: share portion percentage
  10. any one of a number of individual efforts in a common endeavor; "I am proud of my contribution to the team's success"; "they all did their share of the work"
       Synonyms: contribution share
  11. the melody carried by a particular voice or instrument in polyphonic music; "he tried to sing the tenor part"
       Synonyms: voice
  12. a line of scalp that can be seen when sections of hair are combed in opposite directions; "his part was right in the middle"
       Synonyms: parting


  1. go one's own way; move apart; "The friends separated after the party"
       Synonyms: separate split
  2. discontinue an association or relation; go different ways; "The business partners broke over a tax question"; "The couple separated after 25 years of marriage"; "My friend and I split up"
       Synonyms: separate split up split break break up
  3. leave; "The family took off for Florida"
       Synonyms: depart start start out set forth set off set out take off
  4. come apart; "The two pieces that we had glued separated"
       Synonyms: separate divide
  5. force, take, or pull apart; "He separated the fighting children"; "Moses parted the Red Sea"
       Synonyms: separate disunite divide


  1. in part; in some degree; not wholly; "I felt partly to blame"; "He was partially paralyzed"
       Synonyms: partially partly
       Antonyms: wholly entirely completely totally all altogether whole

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