American English

Definition of parting noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] the act or occasion of leaving a person or place the moment of parting We had a tearful parting at the airport.
  2. 2[uncountable, countable] the act or result of dividing something into parts the parting of the clouds The boat made a parting through the duckweed.
  3. Idioms
    a/the parting of the ways
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    a point at which two people or groups of people decide to separate These events led to a final parting of the ways.
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