American English

Definition of part verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they part
    he / she / it parts
    past simple parted
    -ing form parting
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    leave someone
  1. 1[intransitive] (formal) if a person parts from another person, or two people part, they leave each other We parted at the airport. I hate to part on such bad terms. part from somebody He has recently parted from his wife (= they have started to live apart). see also parting
  2. keep apart
  3. 2[transitive, often passive] part somebody (from somebody) (formal) to prevent someone from being with someone else I hate being parted from the children. The puppies were parted from their mother at birth.
  4. move away
  5. 3[intransitive, transitive] if two things or parts of things part or you part them, they move away from each other The crowd parted in front of them. The elevator doors parted and out stepped the President. part something Her lips were slightly parted. She parted the curtains a little and looked out.
  6. hair
  7. 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 front He parts his hair in the middle.
  8. Idioms
    a fool and his money are soon parted (saying)
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    a person who is not sensible usually spends money too quickly or carelessly, or is cheated by others
      part company (with/from somebody)
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    1. 1to leave someone; to end a relationship with someone This 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. 2to disagree with someone about something Weber parted company with Marx on a number of important issues.
    Phrasal Verbspart with something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: part