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part

 (pärt)
n.
1. A portion, division, piece, or segment of a whole.
2. Any of several equal portions or fractions that can constitute a whole or into which a whole can be divided: a mixture of two parts flour to one part sugar.
3. A division of a book or artistic work such as a film: a novel in three parts.
4.
a. An organ, member, or other division of an organism: A tail is not a part of a guinea pig.
b. parts The external genitals.
5. A component that can be separated from or attached to a system; a detachable piece: spare parts for cars.
6. often parts A region, area, land, or territory: "Minding your own business is second nature in these parts" (Boston).
7.
a. A role: He has the main part in the play.
b. One's responsibility, duty, or obligation; share: We each do our part to keep the house clean.
c. parts Abilities or talents: a person of many parts.
8. Music
a. The music or score for a particular instrument, as in an orchestra.
b. One of the melodic divisions or voices of a contrapuntal composition.
9. The line where the hair on the head is parted.
v. part·ed, part·ing, parts
v.tr.
1.
a. To cause to move apart; put apart: parted the curtains.
b. To divide into two or more parts; split: The ship's prow parted the waves.
2. To break up the relationship or association of: A dispute over ownership parted the founders of the business. See Synonyms at separate.
3. To comb (hair, for example) away from a dividing line, as on the scalp.
4. To go away from; depart from: He parted this life for a better one.
5. Archaic To divide into shares or portions.
v.intr.
1.
a. To be divided or separated: The curtain parted in the middle.
b. To move apart: Her lips parted, and she spoke.
2.
a. To leave one another; take leave: They parted as friends.
b. To go away from another; depart: She parted from him at college graduation.
c. Archaic To die.
3. To separate or divide into ways going in different directions: The road parts about halfway into the forest.
4. To disagree or stop associating because of a disagreement: The committee parted over the issue of pay raises for employees.
adv.
Partially; in part: part yellow, part green.
adj.
Not full or complete; partial: a part owner of the business.
Phrasal Verb:
part with
1. To give up or let go of; relinquish: I would not part with that book.
2. To go away from (another): You should not part with him in anger.
Idioms:
for (one's) part
So far as one is concerned.
for the most part
To the greater extent; generally or mostly.
in good part
Good-naturedly or with good grace; without taking offense: take a joke in good part.
in part
To some extent; partly.
on the part of
Regarding or with respect to (the one specified): Brilliant strategy on the part of Confederate forces ensured their victory at Chancellorsville.
part and parcel
A basic or essential part: Working overtime is part and parcel of my job.
part company/ways
1. To leave one another's presence; go away or separate.
2. To disagree or stop associating because of a disagreement.
take part
To join in; participate: She took part in the celebration.
take (someone's) part
To side with in a disagreement; support.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin pars, part-; see perə- in Indo-European roots.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.for the most part - in large part; mainly or chiefly; "These accounts are largely inactive"
Translations
عادَةً، في أغْلَب الأحْيان
z největší části
for størstedelens vedkommende
dans l’ensemblepour la plupart
legnagyobbrészt
aî mestu leyti, mestmegnis

most

(məust) superlative of many ~much (often with the) – adjective
1. (the) greatest number or quantity of. Which of the students has read the most books?; Reading is what gives me most enjoyment.
2. the majority or greater part of. Most children like playing games; Most modern music is difficult to understand.
adverb
1. used to form the superlative of many adjectives and adverbs, especially those of more than two syllables. Of all the women I know, she's the most beautiful; the most delicious cake I've ever tasted; We see her mother or father sometimes, but we see her grandmother most frequently.
2. to the greatest degree or extent. They like sweets and biscuits but they like ice-cream most of all.
3. very or extremely. I'm most grateful to you for everything you've done; a most annoying child.
4. (American) almost. Most everyone I know has read that book.
pronoun
1. the greatest number or quantity. I ate two cakes, but Mary ate more, and John ate (the) most.
2. the greatest part; the majority. He'll be at home for most of the day; Most of these students speak English; Everyone is leaving – most have gone already.
ˈmostly adverb
to the greatest degree or extent, or for most of the time; mainly. The air we breathe is mostly nitrogen and oxygen; Mostly I go to the library rather than buy books.
at (the) most
taking the greatest estimate. There were fifty people in the audience at (the) most.
for the most part
mostly. For the most part, the passengers on the ship were Swedes.
make the most of (something)
to take advantage of (an opportunity etc) to the greatest possible extent. You'll only get one chance, so you'd better make the most of it!
References in classic literature ?
It should be emphasized that to no other form does what we have said of the similarity of medieval literature throughout Western Europe apply more closely, so that what we find true of the drama in England would for the most part hold good for the other countries as well.
We should picture to ourselves congregations of persons for the most part grossly ignorant, of unquestioning though very superficial faith, and of emotions easily aroused to fever heat.
In England by the end of the fifteenth century they had been for the most part replaced by a kindred species which had long been growing up beside them, namely the Morality Plays.