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partnoun

 us   /pɑrt/
  • part noun (SOME)

[C/U] some but not all of something larger or greater: [U] I could only eat part of my dinner. [C] Parts of the movie were good. [U] Surgeons had to remove part of his lung. [U] Part of the problem is that she doesn’t like her boss very much.
  • part noun (SEPARATE PIECE)

[C] a separate piece or unit of something, esp. a piece that combines with other pieces to form the whole of something: The garage stocks auto parts from all current car models.
[C] A part is also one of two or more equal measures of something: Mix one part vinegar with three parts olive oil.
[C] A part is also a single broadcast of a series of television programs or a division of a story: Part three will be broadcast Tuesday.
  • part noun (INVOLVEMENT)

[C usually sing] involvement in or responsibility for an activity or action: He admitted his part in the robbery. It was a mistake on Julia’s part (= she was responsible).
[C usually sing] A part in a movie or play is one of its characters, or the words written for that character: She plays the part of Lady Macbeth. Ben is learning his part for the school play.
  • part noun (HAIR)

[C] a line formed by the hair on a person’s head where the hair is divided
partly
adverb [not gradable]  us   /ˈpɑrt·li/
The house is partly owned by her father.

partverb

 us   /pɑrt/
  • part verb (SEPARATE)

[I/T] to cause to separate, or to come apart: [I] The curtains parted, revealing a darkened stage.
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(Definition of part from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"part" in British English

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partnoun

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.

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  • 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 president's 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 has 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.

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partverb

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 very bad terms.
Phrasal verbs

partadverb

uk   /pɑːt/  us   /pɑːrt/
(Definition of part from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"part" in Business English

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partnoun [C]

uk   us   /pɑːt/ PRODUCTION
one of the pieces that together make a machine, a vehicle, or a piece of equipment: The factory makes parts for the motor industry. auto/gun/missile parts
(Definition of part from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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