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"partition" in British English

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partitionnoun

uk   /pɑːˈtɪʃ.ən/  us   /pɑːr-/

partition noun (DIVIDING STRUCTURE)

[C] a ​verticalstructure like a ​thinwall 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 ​separatecountries or ​areas of ​government: The partition ofIndiaoccurred in 1947.

partitionverb [T]

uk   /pɑːˈtɪʃ.ən/  us   /pɑːr-/

partition verb [T] (DIVIDE ROOM)

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

partition verb [T] (DIVIDE COUNTRY)

to ​divide a ​country into ​separateareas of ​government: Ireland was partitioned in 1921.
(Definition of partition from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"partition" in American English

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partitionnoun [C/U]

 us   /pɑrˈtɪʃ·ən/
the ​division of something into ​smallerparts, or something that ​divides a ​space: [U] The partition of the ​building into ​separateapartmentsbrought in enough ​income that she could ​retire from her ​job. world history Partition is also the ​division of a ​country or ​region into two or more ​separatepoliticalunits: [U] Both ​sidesagreed to the partition of the disputed ​territory. A partition is also a ​wall that separates one ​part of a ​room or ​building from another: [C] These partitions between ​ourdesksallow us to ​work in ​relativeprivacy.
partition
verb [T]  us   /pɑrˈtɪʃ·ən/
Germany was partitioned after ​World War II.
(Definition of partition from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"partition" in Business English

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partitionnoun

uk   us   /pɑːˈtɪʃən/
[C] WORKPLACE a ​thinwall which is used to ​divide one ​part of a ​room, ​office, etc. from another ​part: She ​works in an ​open-planoffice with glass partitions.
[C] IT one of several ​parts into which a ​computerhard ​drive can be ​divided: The ​operatingsystems are on different partitions.
[U] POLITICS the ​act of ​dividing a country into ​separatepoliticalunits: The violence that ​followed partition ​led many ​people to ​leave India.

partitionverb [T]

uk   us   /pɑːˈtɪʃən/
WORKPLACE to ​divide one ​part of a ​room, ​office, etc. from another using partitions: The ​mainoffice was partitioned to ​providespace for more ​staff.partition sth off from sth A huge ​screen partitioned off the ​receptionarea from the ​entrance hall.
IT to ​divide a ​computer hard ​drive into ​separateparts: Some ​versions of the ​softwareallow you to partition your hard ​drive.
to ​divide something into two or more ​parts: Member ​States were ​accused of ​trying to partition the ​market.
(Definition of partition from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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