Meaning of “part” in the English Dictionary

"part" in British English

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uk /pɑːt/ us /pɑːrt/

part noun (SOME)

A2 [ U ] some but not all of a thing:

Part of my steak isn't cooked properly.
Part of this form seems to be missing.
I think part of her problem is that she doesn't listen carefully enough to what other people say.
in part

C2 partly, or to some degree:

The deadline for applications is being extended, in part because of the postal strike.
in (a) large part

to an important degree:

How quickly we can finish the project depends in (a) large part on when we get the payments through.
for the most part

C1 mostly or usually:

He was, for the most part, quite helpful.

More examples

  • Exercise has become part of my daily routine.
  • They've enlarged the kitchen by building over part of the garden.
  • Politeness is traditionally part of the British character.
  • Taking responsibility for yourself is part of the process of growing up.
  • Unfortunately, accidents are part of life.

part noun (SEPARATE PIECE)

A1 [ C ] a separate piece of something, or a piece that combines with other pieces to form the whole of something:

We learned about all the different parts of the digestive system.
The lower part of her spine was crushed in the accident.
I think there's always a part of you that doubts what you're doing.
There'll be snow in parts (= particular areas) of the Midlands tonight.

B2 [ C ] one of the pieces that together form a machine or some type of equipment:

He works for a company that makes aircraft parts.

[ C ] a single broadcast of a series of television or radio programmes or a division of a story:

Next week we publish part three of the president's diaries.
The programme will be shown in two parts.

[ C ] one of two or more equal, or almost equal, measures of something:

Mix one part of the medicine with three parts water.

B1 [ C ] one of the characters in a film, play, or dance, or the words, actions, or movements that are said or done by that character:

He has a small part in the school play.
She plays the part of the sexy blonde waitress.
these parts informal

used to refer to an area of the country:

We don't see many foreigners in these parts.

More examples

  • The old city around the cathedral is the most colourful part of town.
  • Detach the lower part of the form from this letter and return it to the above address.
  • This part of the book isn't very interesting, so I'm going to skip over it.
  • It's a real fiddle to assemble because of all the small parts.
  • Each part of the organization operates independently of the others.


uk /pɑːt/ us /pɑːrt/

C2 [ I or T ] to separate or cause something or someone to separate:

To be parted from him even for two days made her sad.

[ T ] If you part your hair, you arrange it so that it falls on either side of your head by separating it with a line down the middle or on one side.

C2 [ I ] formal If two people part, they leave each other, often at the end of a relationship:

I'm afraid we parted on very bad terms.


Phrasal verb(s)


uk /pɑːt/ us /pɑːrt/

(Definition of “part” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"part" in American English

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us /pɑrt/

part noun (SOME)

[ C/U ] some but not all of something larger or greater:

[ U ] I could only eat part of my dinner.
[ C ] Parts of the movie were good.
[ U ] Surgeons had to remove part of his lung.
[ U ] Part of the problem is that she doesn’t like her boss very much.

part noun (SEPARATE PIECE)

[ C ] a separate piece or unit of something, esp. a piece that combines with other pieces to form the whole of something:

The garage stocks auto parts from all current car models.

[ C ] A part is also one of two or more equal measures of something:

Mix one part vinegar with three parts olive oil.

[ C ] A part is also a single broadcast of a series of television programs or a division of a story:

Part three will be broadcast Tuesday.

part noun (INVOLVEMENT)

[ C usually sing ] involvement in or responsibility for an activity or action:

He admitted his part in the robbery.
It was a mistake on Julia’s part (= she was responsible).

[ C usually sing ] A part in a movie or play is one of its characters, or the words written for that character:

She plays the part of Lady Macbeth.
Ben is learning his part for the school play.

part noun (HAIR)

[ C ] a line formed by the hair on a person’s head where the hair is divided

adverb [ not gradable ] us /ˈpɑrt·li/

The house is partly owned by her father.


us /pɑrt/

part verb (SEPARATE)

[ I/T ] to cause to separate, or to come apart:

[ I ] The curtains parted, revealing a darkened stage.

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(Definition of “part” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"part" in Business English

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partnoun [ C ]

uk /pɑːt/ us PRODUCTION

one of the pieces that together make a machine, a vehicle, or a piece of equipment:

The factory makes parts for the motor industry.
auto/gun/missile parts

(Definition of “part” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)