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English definition of “part”

part

noun 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.

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. Fresh fruit and vegetables form an essential/important part of a healthy diet. 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 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's got a small part in the school play. She plays the part of the sexy blonde waitress. [C] the music that a particular musician plays in a group these parts informal used to refer to an area of the country: We don't see many foreigners in these parts.

part noun (INVOLVEMENT)

take part B1 to be involved in an activity with other people: She doesn't usually take part in any of the class activities. [U] involvement in or responsibility for an activity, or action: He admitted his part in the robbery. I want no part in/of your crazy plans!

part noun (HAIR)

[C] US (UK parting) a line on someone's head made by brushing the hair in two different directions

part

verb uk   /pɑːt/ us    /pɑːrt/
C2 [I or T] to separate or cause something or someone to separate: The curtains parted, revealing a darkened stage. 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 rather bad terms.
Phrasal verbs

part

adverb uk   /pɑːt/ us    /pɑːrt/
partly: He's part African - his father was born in Somalia. The exam is part spoken and part written.
part
adjective [before noun] uk   us  
He's (a) part owner of a racehorse (= he shares the ownership of it with other people).
(Definition of part from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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