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partition

noun uk   /pɑːˈtɪʃ.ən/ us    /pɑːr-/

partition noun (DIVIDING STRUCTURE)

[C] a vertical structure like a thin wall that separates one part of a room or building from another: The partitions between the toilets were very thin.

partition noun (NATIONAL DIVISION)

[U] the dividing of a country into separate countries or areas of government: The partition of India occurred in 1947.

partition

verb [T] uk   /pɑːˈtɪʃ.ən/ us    /pɑːr-/

partition verb [T] (DIVIDE ROOM)

to divide one part of a room from another with a thin wall: Why don't you partition that large room into a lounge and a dining-room?

partition verb [T] (DIVIDE COUNTRY)

to divide a country into separate areas of government: Ireland was partitioned in 1921.
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