American English

Definition of party noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. parties)
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  1. 1(especially in compounds) a social occasion, often in a person's home, at which people eat, drink, talk, dance, and enjoy themselves a birthday/dinner/garden, etc. party to give/have/throw a party Did you go to the party? party games see also bachelor party, house party
  2. 2Party a political organization that you can vote for in elections and whose members have the same aims and ideas the Democratic and Republican Parties She belongs to the Green Party. the ruling/opposition party the party leader/manifesto/policy Topic CollocationsPoliticspower create/form/be the leader of a political party gain/take/win/lose/regain control of Congress start/spark/lead/be on the brink of a revolution be engaged/locked in an internal power struggle lead/form a rival/breakaway faction seize/take control of power/the government bring down/overthrow/topple the government/president/regime abolish/overthrow/restore the monarchy establish/install a military dictatorship/a stable government be forced/removed/driven from office/power resign/step down as party leader/president/prime minister/governor/a senator enter/retire from/return to political lifepolitical debate spark/provoke a heated/hot/intense/lively debate engage in/participate in/contribute to (the) political/public debate (on/over something) get involved in/feel excluded from the political process launch/start/lead/spearhead a campaign/movement join/be linked with the peace/anti-war/feminist/civil rights movement criticize/speak out against/challenge/support the government lobby/put pressure on the government (to do something) come under fire/pressure from opposition partiespolicy call for/demand/propose/push for/advocate democratic/political/land reform(s) formulate/implement domestic economic policy change/influence/shape/have an impact on government/economic/public policy be consistent with/be in line with/go against/be opposed to government policy reform/restructure/modernize the tax system privatize/improve/deliver/make cuts in public services invest (heavily) in/spend something on schools/education/public services/(the) infrastructure nationalize the banks/the oil industry promise/propose/deliver/give ($80 billion in/significant/substantial/massive) tax cuts a/the budget is approved/passed by Congress/the House/the Senatemaking laws have a majority in/have seats in Congress/the House/the Senate propose/sponsor a bill/legislation/a resolution/an amendment introduce/bring in/draw up/draft/adopt/pass a bill/a law/a resolution/an amendment/legislation/measures amend/repeal an act/a law/legislation veto/vote against/oppose a bill/legislation/a measure/a proposal/a resolution get/require/be decided by a majority vote ⇨ more collocations at economy, vote
  3. 3a group of people who are doing something together, such as traveling or visiting somewhere The guide took a party of 40 tourists to France. The theater gives a 10% discount to parties of more than ten. see also search party
  4. 4(formal) one of the people or groups of people involved in a legal agreement or argument the guilty/innocent party The contract can be terminated by either party with three months' notice. The judge's decision satisfied most of the parties concerned. see also injured party, third party
  5. Idioms
    be (a) party to something (formal)
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    to be involved in an agreement or action to be party to a decision He refused to be a party to any violence.
    bring something to the party/table
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    to contribute something useful to a discussion, project, etc. What Alvarez brought to the party was real commitment and energy.
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