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"party" in British English

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partynoun

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

A1 [C] a social event at which a group of people meet to talk, eat, drink, dance, etc., often in order to celebrate a special occasion: 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 people wear clothes 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 particular political beliefs that competes in elections to try to win positions in local or national government: 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 their support.

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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 people involved in an official argument, arrangement, or similar situation: The UN called on all parties in the conflict to take a positive stance towards the new peace initiative. It's often difficult to establish who the guilty party is following a traffic accident.

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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 social gathering at which people talk, eat, drink, and enjoy themselves: a birthday party Sally is having a party at her place tonight.
  • party noun [C] (POLITICAL GROUP)

social studies a political group with particular beliefs and aims and which supports members who are trying to get elected to public office: the Democratic/Republican Party a political party
  • party noun [C] (PARTICULAR GROUP)

a particular group of people who are involved in an activity: I made a dinner reservation for a party of eight.
  • party noun [C] (ONE INVOLVED)

one of the people or sides involved in a formal agreement or argument, esp. a legal one: The UN called on all parties to lay down their arms.

partyverb [I]

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

to enjoy yourself at a party with others, esp. by drinking alcohol, 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 restaurants offer 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 social event where a group of people meet to talk, eat, etc., often in order to celebrate a special occasion: We're having a farewell party for the sales manager.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 national government: a political party the governing/ruling/opposition party the Democratic/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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