Definition of part verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary




leave someone

1 [intransitive] (formal) if a person parts from another person, or two people part, they leave each otherWe parted at the airport.I hate to part on such bad terms. part from someoneHe has recently parted from his wife (= they have started to live apart). see also parting adjective.

keep apart

2 [transitive, often passive] part someone (from someone) (formal) to prevent someone from being with someone elseI hate being parted from the children.The puppies were parted from their mother at birth.

move away

3 [intransitive, transitive] if two things or parts of things part or you part them, they move away from each otherThe crowd parted in front of them.The elevator doors parted and out stepped the President. part somethingHer lips were slightly parted.She parted the curtains a little and looked out.


4 [transitive] part something to divide your hair into two sections with a comb, creating a line that goes from the back of your head to the frontHe parts his hair in the middle.

a fool and his money are soon parted

(saying) a person who is not sensible usually spends money too quickly or carelessly, or is cheated by othersa fool and his money are soon parted

part company (with/from someone)

1 to leave someone; to end a relationship with someoneThis is where we part company (= go in different directions).The band have parted company with their manager.The band and their manager have parted company.2 to disagree with someone about somethingWeber parted company with Marx on a number of important issues.part companypart company withpart companypart company from

part with something

to give something to someone else, especially something that you would prefer to keepMake sure you read the contract before parting with any money.part with