(1)   In part; in some degree; not wholly
"I felt partly to blame"
"He was partially paralyzed"


(2)   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"
(3)   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"
(4)   Something less than the whole of a human artifact
"The rear part of the house"
"Glue the two parts together"
(5)   A line of scalp that can be seen when sections of hair are combed in opposite directions
"His part was right in the middle"
(6)   In so far as the actor specified is concerned
"It requires vigilance on our part"
"They resisted every effort on his part"
(7)   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"
(8)   An actor's portrayal of someone in a play
"She played the part of Desdemona"
(9)   The melody carried by a particular voice or instrument in polyphonic music
"He tried to sing the tenor part"
(10)   The extended spatial location of something
"The farming regions of France"
"Religions in all parts of the world"
"Regions of outer space"
(11)   A portion of a natural object
"They analyzed the river into three parts"
"He needed a piece of granite"
(12)   Assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group
"He wanted his share in cash"
(13)   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"


(14)   Force, take, or pull apart
"He separated the fighting children"
"Moses parted the Red Sea"
(15)   Come apart
"The two pieces that we had glued separated"
(16)   Leave
"The family took off for Florida"
(17)   Go one's own way; move apart
"The friends separated after the party"
(18)   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"


From part from from partem, accusative of . Akin to , . Displaced del, dele "part" (from dǣl "part, distribution"), dale "part, portion" (from dāl "portion"), sliver "part, portion" (from sliven "to cut, cleave" from (tō)slīfan "to split").


  1. A fraction of a whole; a portion.
    Gaul is divided into three parts.
  2. A distinct element or component.
    The parts of a chainsaw include the chain, engine, and handle.
  3. A group inside a larger group.
  4. Duty; responsibility.
    to do one’s part
  5. Share, especially of a profit.
    I want my part of the bounty.
  6. Position or role (especially in a play).
    We all have a part to play.
  7. A unit of relative proportion in a mixture.
    The mixture comprises one part sodium hydroxide and ten parts water.
  8. 3.5 centiliters of one ingredient in a mixed drink.
  9. A section of a document.
    Please turn to Part I, Chapter 2.
  10. The dividing line formed by combing the hair in different directions.
    The part of his hair was slightly to the left.
  11. The melody played or sung by a particular instrument, voice, or group of instruments or voices, within a polyphonic piece.
    The first violin part in this concerto is very challenging.
  12. In the Hebrew lunisolar calendar, a unit of time equivalent to 3⅓ seconds.


portion, component, element faction, party position, role parting chelek
  • See also Wikisaurus:part

Related terms


  1. To leave.
  2. To cut hair with a parting.
  3. To divide in two.
    to part the curtains
  4. To be divided in two or separated.
  5. To leave (an IRC channel).


  1. partially composed of
    • 1919, Henry Seidel Canby, Ph. D., Making of America Project: New Books Reviewed, page 711:
      “ We cannot make a plodding and sensible community—a Holland or a Pennsylvania—out of a national personality which, whether by harsh circumstance or native tendency, is now part genius, part fanatic, and part hard-headed materialist.”