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Meaning of "part" in Essential American English Dictionary

part

noun   /pɑrt/
A1 one of the things that, with other things, makes the whole of something: Part of this form seems to be missing. That’s only part of the problem. You’re part of the family.
part of something
A2 some but not all of a thing: Kate spent part of the day shopping.
B1 a person in a movie or play: He plays the part of the father.
take part (in something)
B1 to do an activity with other people: She doesn’t usually take part in any class activities.
a piece of a machine or vehicle: car parts
have/play a part in something
to be one of the people or things that are involved in an event or situation: We can all play a part in making our city a better place to live.
a line on someone’s head made by brushing the hair in two different directions: She parts her hair on the side.
(Definition of part from the Websters Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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