Definition of part noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  1. 1  [uncountable] part of something some but not all of a thing We spent part of the time in the museum. Part of the building was destroyed in the fire. Voters are given only part of the story (= only some of the information). Part of me feels sorry for him (= I feel partly, but not entirely, sorry for him).
  2. piece
  3. 2  [countable] a section, piece or feature of something The early part of her life was spent in Paris. The novel is good in parts. We've done the difficult part of the job. The procedure can be divided into two parts. The worst part was having to wait three hours in the rain.
  4. member
  5. 3  [uncountable] a member of something; a person or thing that, together with others, makes up a single unit You need to be able to work as part of a team.
  6. of machine
  7. 4  [countable] a piece of a machine or structure aircraft parts the working parts of the machinery spare parts
  8. of body/plant
  9. 5  [countable] a separate piece or area of a human or animal body or of a plant the parts of the body see also private parts
  10. region/area
  11. 6  [countable] an area or a region of the world, a country, a town, etc. the northern part of the country a plant that grows in many parts of the world Which part of Japan do you come from? Come and visit us if you're ever in our part of the world.
  12. 7parts [plural] (old-fashioned, informal) a region or an area She's not from these parts. He's just arrived back from foreign parts.
  13. of book/series
  14. 8  [countable] (abbreviation pt) a section of a book, television series, etc., especially one that is published or broadcast separately an encyclopedia published in 25 weekly parts Henry IV, Part II The final part will be shown next Sunday evening.
  15. for actor
  16. 9  [countable] a role played by an actor in a play, film/movie, etc.; the words spoken by an actor in a particular role She was very good in the part. Have you learned your part yet? (figurative) He's always playing a part (= pretending to be something that he is not). See related entries: Elements of a play, Film reviews and promotion, Film plots
  17. involvement
  18. 10[countable, usually singular, uncountable] the way in which somebody/something is involved in an action or situation He had no part in the decision. Alcohol plays a part in 70 per cent of divorces. I want no part of this sordid business.
  19. in music
  20. 11 [countable] music for a particular voice or instrument in a group singing or playing together the clarinet part four-part harmony
  21. equal portion
  22. 12[countable] a unit of measurement that allows you to compare the different amounts of substances in something Add three parts wine to one part water. fluoride levels of 0.2 parts per million
  23. in hair
  24. 13(North American English) (British English parting) [countable] a line on a person’s head where the hair is divided with a comb See related entries: Describing hair
  25. Word OriginOld English (denoting a part of speech), from Latin pars, part-. The verb (originally in Middle English in the sense ‘divide into parts’) is from Old French partir, from Latin partire, partiri ‘divide, share’.Extra examples Break it down into its constituent parts. Cut it into four equal parts. He acts and dresses the part of a gentleman. He had no part in the scam. He was a pirate in the school play and certainly looked the part. He’s very good in the part. I gave up once I got to the hard part. In the early part of his career he worked in India. Luck played a big part in it. Now comes the fun part. Part of me wants to stay and part of me doesn’t. She did her part in bringing them back together. She played the part of Juliet. The adaptors being recalled contain the part number 02K65 on their labels. The book falls into three distinct parts. The film is good in parts. The greater part of the building has been refurbished. The sad part was that he didn’t really care. The worst part was having to wait three hours. They took little part in the discussion. They’re always off to foreign parts. Walken stars as Shannon and he fits the part well. We spent a good part of the day rehearsing. Where can I get spare parts for my bike? Your salary depends in part on your qualifications. a serial in four parts an auto parts maker the latter part of the century the upper part of the spine travellers returning from foreign parts Although it is no longer a working watermill, several of the working parts remain. Apples grow in many parts of the world. Clean the plastic parts of the machine with a soapy cloth. Come and visit us if you’re ever in our part of the world. He’s always playing a part. I can play the guitar part to that song. The factory manufactures aircraft parts for airlines. The first two verses of the song are set in four-part harmony. The northern part of the country is richer than the south. Which part of London do you come from? have/​play a part in something have/​play/​take no part in/​of somethingIdioms
    be greater/more than the sum of its parts
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    to be better or more effective as a group than you would think just by looking at the individual members of the group
    the best/better part of something
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    most of something, especially a period of time; more than half of something He drank the best part of a bottle of Scotch waiting for her to get home. The journey took her the better part of an hour.
    discretion is the better part of valour
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    (saying) you should avoid danger and not take unnecessary risks
     mostly; usually The contributors are, for the most part, professional scientists. Language BankgenerallyWays of saying ‘in general’ Women generally earn less than men. Generally speaking, jobs traditionally done by women are paid at a lower rate than those traditionally done by men. In general/By and large, women do not earn as much as men. Certain jobs, like nursing and cleaning, are still mainly carried out by women. Senior management posts are predominantly held by men. Most senior management posts tend to be held by men. Women are, for the most part, still paid less than men. Economic and social factors are, to a large extent, responsible for women being concentrated in low-paid jobs.
    for my, his, their, etc. part
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    speaking for myself, etc. synonym personally
    have/play/take/want no part in/of something
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    to not be involved or refuse to be involved in something, especially because you disapprove of it I want no part of this sordid business.
    have/play a part (in something)
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    to be involved in something She plays an active part in local politics. Alcohol plays a part in 70 per cent of divorces.
    have a part to play (in something)
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    to be able to help something We all have a part to play in the fight against crime.
    in large part, in large measure
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    (formal) to a great extent Their success is due in large part to their determination.
     partly; to some extent Her success was due in part to luck. to have an appearance or wear clothes suitable for a particular job, role or position
    a man/woman of (many) parts
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    a person with many skills
    on the part of somebody/on somebody’s part
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    made or done by somebody It was an error on my part.
    part and parcel of something
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    an essential part of something Keeping the accounts is part and parcel of my job. More Like This Alliteration in idioms belt and braces, black and blue, born and bred, chalk and cheese, chop and change, done and dusted, down and dirty, in dribs and drabs, eat somebody out of house and home, facts and figures, fast and furious, first and foremost, forgive and forget, hale and hearty, hem and haw, kith and kin, mix and match, part and parcel, puff and pant, to rack and ruin, rant and rave, risk life and limb, short and sweet, signed and sealed, spic and span, through thick and thin, this and that, top and tail, tried and tested, wax and waneSee worksheet.
    a person or thing that you are so used to seeing that you no longer notice them I worked there so long that I became part of the furniture.
    take something in good part
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    (British English) to accept something slightly unpleasant without complaining or being offended He took the teasing in good part.
    take part (in something)
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     to be involved in something synonym participate to take part in a discussion/demonstration/fight/celebration How many countries took part in the last Olympic Games?
    (British English) to support somebody, for example in an argument synonym side with His mother always takes his part.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: part