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Meaning of “party” in the English Dictionary

"party" in British English

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partynoun

uk   /ˈpɑː.ti/  us   /ˈpɑːr.t̬i/
  • party noun (CELEBRATION)

A1 [C] a ​socialevent at which a ​group of ​peoplemeet to ​talk, ​eat, ​drink, ​dance, etc., often in ​order to ​celebrate a ​specialoccasion: a ​birthday party a ​farewell party a ​dinner party (= a ​small, sometimes ​formal party where a ​meal is ​eaten)UK a fancy-dress (US costume) party (= a party where ​peoplewearclothes that make them ​look like someone or something ​else) Peter has/gives/​throws really ​wild parties.

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  • party noun (POLITICAL GROUP)

B1 [C, + sing/pl verb] an ​organization of ​people with ​particularpoliticalbeliefs that ​competes in ​elections to ​try to ​winpositions in ​local or ​nationalgovernment: the Democratic Party the ​Green party the ​Conservative party The party has/have just ​elected a new ​leader. He was ​elected as party leader in 2011. They ​contacted party members from ​across the ​nation to ​ask for ​theirsupport.

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  • party noun (VISITING GROUP)

[C, + sing/pl verb] a ​group of ​people who are ​involved in an ​activity together, ​especially a ​visit: a party of ​tourists Most ​museums give a ​discount to school parties.

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  • party noun (INVOLVEMENT)

[C] one of the ​people or ​groups of ​peopleinvolved in an ​officialargument, ​arrangement, or ​similarsituation: The UN called on all parties in the ​conflict to take a ​positivestance towards the new ​peaceinitiative. It's often ​difficult to ​establish who the guilty party is ​following a ​trafficaccident.

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partyverb [I]

uk   /ˈpɑː.ti/  us   /ˈpɑːr.t̬i/
to ​enjoy yourself by ​drinking and ​dancing, ​especially at a party: Let's party! They partied till ​dawn.
(Definition of party from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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partynoun [C]

 us   /ˈpɑr·t̬i/
  • party noun [C] (SOCIAL GATHERING)

a ​socialgathering at which ​peopletalk, ​eat, ​drink, and ​enjoy themselves: a ​birthday party Sally is having a party at her ​placetonight.
  • party noun [C] (POLITICAL GROUP)

social studies a ​politicalgroup with ​particularbeliefs and ​aims and which ​supportsmembers who are ​trying to get ​elected to ​publicoffice: the ​Democratic/​Republican Party a ​political party
  • party noun [C] (PARTICULAR GROUP)

a ​particulargroup of ​people who are ​involved in an ​activity: I made a ​dinnerreservation for a party of eight.
  • party noun [C] (ONE INVOLVED)

one of the ​people or ​sidesinvolved in a ​formalagreement or ​argument, esp. a ​legal one: The UN called on all parties to ​lay down ​theirarms.

partyverb [I]

 us   /ˈpɑr·t̬i/ infml
  • party verb [I] (SOCIAL GATHERING)

to ​enjoy yourself at a party with ​others, esp. by ​drinkingalcohol, ​dancing, etc.
(Definition of party from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"party" in Business English

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partynoun

uk   us   /ˈpɑːti/ (plural parties)
[C] one of the ​people or ​groups of ​people involved in an ​official disagreement, ​arrangement, or similar ​situation: Both parties were happy with the ​result of the ​negotiations.
[C] a ​group of ​people who are involved in an ​activity together, especially a visit: A party of college ​students is visiting the ​factory today. Our ​restaurantsoffer a ​discount of 10% to parties of 10 or more. There will be 8 ​people in our party, so we'll need to ​book a ​table.
[C] a ​socialevent where a ​group of ​peoplemeet to ​talk, eat, etc., often in ​order to celebrate a ​special occasion: We're having a farewell party for the ​salesmanager.have/throw/give a party They're going to ​throw a party to celebrate a great ​year.
[C] POLITICS an ​organization of ​people with particular ​political beliefs which ​competes in ​elections for ​positions in ​local or ​nationalgovernment: a ​political party the governing/​ruling/opposition party theDemocratic/Green/Conservative Party He was ​elected as party ​leader in 2011.
(Definition of party from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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