I UK [pɑː(r)t] / US [pɑrt] noun
Word forms "part":
singular part plural parts
1) [countable] one of the pieces, sections, aspects etc that something consists of

It was a pretty boring class, but the part about using spreadsheets was quite useful.

I didn't mind the written paper – that's the easy part.

part of:

The top part of the shoe is made of leather.

the early part of the nineteenth century

Memory loss is a normal part of the ageing process.

essential/crucial/vital/important part:

School inspection is a vital part of the education system.

as part of something:

There's a concert tonight as part of a week of celebrations for the Queen's birthday.

a) a piece or area of the body
part of the body/body part:

The knee is the most frequently injured part of the body.

b) one of the smaller individual pieces that a machine or vehicle is made of

a factory that makes car parts

We're waiting for a part to come from Germany.

a) [countable] a region of a country or district of a city

There will be heavy rain today in most parts.

part of:

She came from a remote part of China.

b) parts
[plural] old-fashioned a place or area these parts:

This is the worst summer we've had in these parts for over a century.

3) [countable/uncountable] some but not all of something
part of:

Part of what the kids had to do was compare different poems.

We walked part of the way, then took a bus.

be (only) part of the problem/story/reason etc:

Planning experts say outdated transportation systems are only part of the city's problem.

in parts:

The novel is funny in parts.

4) [countable] one of the members of a group of people or things that together form a single unit
part of:

He liked the feeling of being part of the team.

Joel felt like part of the family.

a) [countable] the person played by an actor in a film, play, or television programme

She'd be really good for that part.

play the part of someone:

I've been asked to play the part of the evil stepmother in the school play.

b) the words spoken by an actor playing a particular person in a film, play, or television programme

You've had weeks to learn the part and you still don't know it.

She had a small part in a TV drama.

6) [singular] the way in which someone is involved in an activity or event and the effect they have on what happens
someone's part in something:

Lewinsky was questioned about her part in the scandal.

He was jailed for 10 years for his part in a serious fraud.

7) [countable] a section of a book, magazine, play, television series etc

The regulations are contained in Part 3 of Chapter 2.

a new 12-part drama starting tonight on ITV

8) [countable] the music that is written for a particular type of instrument or voice in a group of different types of instruments or voices

the violin part

9) [countable] a particular quantity used for measuring equal amounts of different substances to form a mixture

Use a mixture of one part milk to four parts water.

10) [countable] American a parting in your hair

the best/better part of something — almost all of something, especially a period of time

The journey will take him the best part of a year.

have a part to play (in something) — to be involved in influencing the development of a situation

We all have a part to play in fighting the battle against crime.

have/play a part (in something) — to be involved in a particular situation or activity and influence its development

They have worked very hard, but luck has played a part too.

The media, as always, played an important part in the election campaign.

look/dress the part — to have an appearance or wear clothing that is usual or expected for a particular situation, activity, or job

If you want to be taken seriously in business, you have to dress the part.

part of me/him etc — used for saying that you are not completely sure about what you think or feel about something

Part of me still wants to believe you.

take part (in something) — to be involved in an activity with other people

They will be taking part in the discussions, along with many other organizations.

Elections were held, but the KLA refused to take part.


II UK [pɑː(r)t] / US [pɑrt] verb
Word forms "part":
present tense I/you/we/they part he/she/it parts present participle parting past tense parted past participle parted
1) [intransitive/transitive] to move away from someone or something and leave a space, or to move two things or two sections of a single unit away from each other so that there is a space between them

The crowd had parted to let them through.

Tony bent to look out of the window, parting the curtains with one hand.

2) [intransitive] if two people part, or if one person parts from another, they go away from each other

They parted at the train station.

3) [intransitive] if two people part, or if one person parts from another, their relationship is ended

In the end, we parted amicably.

4) [transitive] to make a line on your head by brushing or combing your hair in two different directions

Her dark hair was parted down the middle.

be parted (from someone) — to be prevented from being with someone who you want to be with

They had never been parted before.

Being parted from his family made him feel homesick.

Phrasal verbs:

III UK [pɑː(r)t] / US [pɑrt] adverb

part ..., part ... — a mixture of two or more things

Their feelings were part excitement, part fear.

I am part Russian, part English.

English dictionary. 2014.


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