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Part of or a part of something is one of the pieces or elements that it consists of. You use part of or a part of in front of the singular form of a countable noun, or in front of an uncountable noun.
Don't use 'part of' or 'a part of' in front of a plural noun phrase. Don't say, for example, 'Part of the students have no books'. Say 'Some of the students have no books'.
Don't say 'A large part of the houses have flat roofs'. Say 'Many of the houses have flat roofs'.
Past participle: parted
|Noun||1.||part - something determined in relation to something that includes it; "he wanted to feel a part of something bigger than himself"; "I read a portion of the manuscript"; "the smaller component is hard to reach"; "the animal constituent of plankton"|
substance - the real physical matter of which a person or thing consists; "DNA is the substance of our genes"
relation - an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together
language unit, linguistic unit - one of the natural units into which linguistic messages can be analyzed
item, point - a distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list; "he noticed an item in the New York Times"; "she had several items on her shopping list"; "the main point on the agenda was taken up first"
butt - the part of a plant from which the roots spring or the part of a stalk or trunk nearest the roots
basis, base - the most important or necessary part of something; "the basis of this drink is orange juice"
detail, item, particular - a small part that can be considered separately from the whole; "it was perfect in all details"
unit - an individual or group or structure or other entity regarded as a structural or functional constituent of a whole; "the reduced the number of units and installations"; "the word is a basic linguistic unit"
member - anything that belongs to a set or class; "snakes are members of the class Reptilia"; "members of the opposite sex"
remainder, residual, residuum, rest, residue, balance - something left after other parts have been taken away; "there was no remainder"; "he threw away the rest"; "he took what he wanted and I got the balance"
subpart - a part of a part
|2.||part - something less than the whole of a human artifact; "the rear part of the house"; "glue the two parts together"|
object, physical object - a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow; "it was full of rackets, balls and other objects"
whole, unit - an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity; "how big is that part compared to the whole?"; "the team is a unit"
appendage - a part that is joined to something larger
bit - the part of a key that enters a lock and lifts the tumblers
bottleneck - the narrow part of a bottle near the top
bulb - a rounded part of a cylindrical instrument (usually at one end); "the bulb of a syringe"
stub, butt - the small unused part of something (especially the end of a cigarette that is left after smoking)
constituent, element, component - an artifact that is one of the individual parts of which a composite entity is made up; especially a part that can be separated from or attached to a system; "spare components for cars"; "a component or constituent element of a system"
cutout - a part that is cut out or is intended to be cut out
foible - the weaker part of a sword's blade from the forte to the tip
fore edge, foredge - the part of a book that faces inward when the book is shelved; the part opposite the spine
forte - the stronger part of a sword blade between the hilt and the foible
fraction - a small part or item forming a piece of a whole
heel - (golf) the part of the clubhead where it joins the shaft
hub - the central part of a car wheel (or fan or propeller etc) through which the shaft or axle passes
jetsam - the part of a ship's equipment or cargo that is thrown overboard to lighten the load in a storm
limb - either of the two halves of a bow from handle to tip; "the upper limb of the bow"
neck - a narrow part of an artifact that resembles a neck in position or form; "the banjo had a long neck"; "the bottle had a wide neck"
peen - the part of a hammerhead opposite the flat striking surface (may have various shapes)
piece - a separate part of a whole; "an important piece of the evidence"
pressing - a metal or plastic part that is made by a mechanical press
seat - a part of a machine that supports or guides another part
segment, section - one of several parts or pieces that fit with others to constitute a whole object; "a section of a fishing rod"; "metal sections were used below ground"; "finished the final segment of the road"
backbone, spine - the part of a book's cover that encloses the inner side of the book's pages and that faces outward when the book is shelved; "the title and author were printed on the spine of the book"
toe - (golf) the part of a clubhead farthest from the shaft
upstage - the rear part of the stage
upstairs - the part of a building above the ground floor; "no one was allowed to see the upstairs"
wreckage - the remaining parts of something that has been wrecked; "they searched the wreckage for signs of survivors"
|3.||part - a portion of a natural object; "they analyzed the river into three parts"; "he needed a piece of granite"|
thing - a separate and self-contained entity
body part - any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity
corpus - the main part of an organ or other bodily structure
acicula - a needlelike part or structure of a plant or animal or crystal; as a spine or bristle or crystal
base - the bottom or lowest part; "the base of the mountain"
corner - a projecting part where two sides or edges meet; "he knocked off the corners"
craton - the part of a continent that is stable and forms the central mass of the continent; typically Precambrian
cutting - a piece cut off from the main part of something
fragment - a piece broken off or cut off of something else; "a fragment of rock"
segment - one of the parts into which something naturally divides; "a segment of an orange"
slice - a thin flat piece cut off of some object
strip - a relatively long narrow piece of something; "he felt a flat strip of muscle"
building block, unit - a single undivided natural thing occurring in the composition of something else; "units of nucleic acids"
world - a part of the earth that can be considered separately; "the outdoor world"; "the world of insects"
|4.||part - that which concerns a person with regard to a particular role or situation; "it requires vigilance on our part"; "they resisted every effort on his part"|
concern - something that interests you because it is important or affects you; "the safety of the ship is the captain's concern"
|5.||part - the extended spatial location of something; "the farming regions of France"; "religions in all parts of the world"; "regions of outer space"|
location - a point or extent in space
atmosphere, air - the mass of air surrounding the Earth; "there was great heat as the comet entered the atmosphere"; "it was exposed to the air"
biosphere - the regions of the surface and atmosphere of the Earth (or other planet) where living organisms exist
depth - (usually plural) the deepest and most remote part; "from the depths of darkest Africa"; "signals received from the depths of space"
interplanetary space - the part of outer space within the solar system
interstellar space - the space between stars
heliosphere - the region inside the heliopause containing the sun and solar system
intergalactic space - the space between galaxies; "the Milky Way travels through intergalactic space"
deep space - any region in space outside the solar system
aerospace - the atmosphere and outer space considered as a whole
zone - an area or region distinguished from adjacent parts by a distinctive feature or characteristic
belt - an elongated region where a specific condition or characteristic is found; "a belt of high pressure"
bottom - the lowest part of anything; "they started at the bottom of the hill"
county - (United Kingdom) a region created by territorial division for the purpose of local government; "the county has a population of 12,345 people"
distance - a distant region; "I could see it in the distance"
Eden, heaven, paradise, Shangri-la, promised land, nirvana - any place of complete bliss and delight and peace
extremity - the outermost or farthest region or point
hell, hell on earth, hellhole, inferno, snake pit, the pits - any place of pain and turmoil; "the hell of battle"; "the inferno of the engine room"; "when you're alone Christmas is the pits";
ionosphere - the outer region of the Earth's atmosphere; contains a high concentration of free electrons
layer - a relatively thin sheetlike expanse or region lying over or under another
radius - a circular region whose area is indicated by the length of its radius; "they located it within a radius of 2 miles"
side - a place within a region identified relative to a center or reference location; "they always sat on the right side of the church"; "he never left my side"
air - the region above the ground; "her hand stopped in mid air"; "he threw the ball into the air"
top - the upper part of anything; "the mower cuts off the tops of the grass"; "the title should be written at the top of the first page"
zodiac - a belt-shaped region in the heavens on either side to the ecliptic; divided into 12 constellations or signs for astrological purposes
mansion, planetary house, sign of the zodiac, star sign, sign, house - (astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided
Papua - the southeastern part of Papua New Guinea
Sind - a region of southeastern Pakistan
black hole - a region of space resulting from the collapse of a star; extremely high gravitational field
Edgeworth-Kuiper belt, Kuiper belt - a disk-shaped region of minor planets outside the orbit of Neptune
|6.||part - the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group; "the function of a teacher"; "the government must do its part"; "play its role"|
duty - work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons; "the duties of the job"
capacity - a specified function; "he was employed in the capacity of director"; "he should be retained in his present capacity at a higher salary"
hat - an informal term for a person's role; "he took off his politician's hat and talked frankly"
portfolio - the role of the head of a government department; "he holds the portfolio for foreign affairs"
lieu, stead, place, position - the post or function properly or customarily occupied or served by another; "can you go in my stead?"; "took his place"; "in lieu of"
second fiddle - a secondary role or function; "he hated to play second fiddle to anyone"
|7.||part - an actor's portrayal of someone in a play; "she played the part of Desdemona"|
personation, portrayal, characterization, enactment - acting the part of a character on stage; dramatically representing the character by speech and action and gesture
heavy - a serious (or tragic) role in a play
hero - the principal character in a play or movie or novel or poem
ingenue - the role of an innocent artless young woman in a play
heroine - the main good female character in a work of fiction
|8.||part - assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group; "he wanted his share in cash"|
net income, net profit, profit, profits, earnings, lucre, net - the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time (including depreciation and other non-cash expenses)
tranche - a portion of something (especially money)
dispensation - a share that has been dispensed or distributed
dole - a share of money or food or clothing that has been charitably given
way - a portion of something divided into shares; "they split the loot three ways"
ration - a fixed portion that is allotted (especially in times of scarcity)
allowance - an amount allowed or granted (as during a given period); "travel allowance"; "my weekly allowance of two eggs"; "a child's allowance should not be too generous"
split - a promised or claimed share of loot or money; "he demanded his split before they disbanded"
stake, interest - (law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something; "they have interests all over the world"; "a stake in the company's future"
profit sharing - a system in which employees receive a share of the net profits of the business
cut - a share of the profits; "everyone got a cut of the earnings"
assets - anything of material value or usefulness that is owned by a person or company
|9.||part - one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole; "the written part of the exam"; "the finance section of the company"; "the BBC's engineering division"|
frame - one of the ten divisions into which bowling is divided
concept, conception, construct - an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances
beginning - the first part or section of something; "`It was a dark and stormy night' is a hackneyed beginning for a story"
middle - an intermediate part or section; "A whole is that which has beginning, middle, and end"- Aristotle
end - a final part or section; "we have given it at the end of the section since it involves the calculus"; "Start at the beginning and go on until you come to the end"
high point - the most enjoyable part of a given experience; "the trumpet solo was the high point of the concert"
component, element, factor, ingredient, constituent - an abstract part of something; "jealousy was a component of his character"; "two constituents of a musical composition are melody and harmony"; "the grammatical elements of a sentence"; "a key factor in her success"; "humor: an effective ingredient of a speech"
whole - all of something including all its component elements or parts; "Europe considered as a whole"; "the whole of American literature"
game - (tennis) a division of play during which one player serves
first period - the first division into which the play of a game is divided
second period - the second division into which the play of a game is divided
final period - the final division into which the play of a game is divided
half - one of two divisions into which some games or performances are divided: the two divisions are separated by an interval
period - (ice hockey) one of three divisions into which play is divided in hockey games
quarter - (football, professional basketball) one of four divisions into which some games are divided; "both teams scored in the first quarter"
over - (cricket) the division of play during which six balls are bowled at the batsman by one player from the other team from the same end of the pitch
|10.||part - a line of scalp that can be seen when sections of hair are combed in opposite directions; "his part was right in the middle"|
hair - a covering for the body (or parts of it) consisting of a dense growth of threadlike structures (as on the human head); helps to prevent heat loss; "he combed his hair"; "each hair consists of layers of dead keratinized cells"
line - a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent
|11.||part - the melody carried by a particular voice or instrument in polyphonic music; "he tried to sing the tenor part"|
melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, tune, strain, air, line - a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; "she was humming an air from Beethoven"
primo - the principal part of a duet (especially a piano duet)
secondo - the second or lower part of a duet (especially a piano duet)
voice part - a part written for a singer
musical accompaniment, accompaniment, backup, support - a musical part (vocal or instrumental) that supports or provides background for other musical parts
|12.||part - the part played by a person in bringing about a result; "I am proud of my contribution in advancing the project"; "they all did their share of the work"|
attempt, effort, try, endeavor, endeavour - earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something; "made an effort to cover all the reading material"; "wished him luck in his endeavor"; "she gave it a good try"
end - the part you are expected to play; "he held up his end"
|Verb||1.||part - go one's own way; move apart; "The friends separated after the party"|
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
dissipate, scatter, disperse, spread out - move away from each other; "The crowds dispersed"; "The children scattered in all directions when the teacher approached";
break up - come apart; "the group broke up"
diffract - undergo diffraction; "laser light diffracts electrons"
|2.||part - discontinue an association or relation; go different ways; "The business partners broke over a tax question"; "The couple separated after 25 years of marriage"; "My friend and I split up"|
give the bounce, give the gate, give the axe - terminate a relationship abruptly; "Mary gave John the axe after she saw him with another woman"
disunify, break apart - break up or separate; "The country is disunifying"; "Yugoslavia broke apart after 1989"
disassociate, disjoint, dissociate, disunite, divorce - part; cease or break association with; "She disassociated herself from the organization when she found out the identity of the president"
break with - end a relationship; "China broke with Russia"
split up, divorce - get a divorce; formally terminate a marriage; "The couple divorced after only 6 months"
secede, splinter, break away - withdraw from an organization or communion; "After the break up of the Soviet Union, many republics broke away"
|3.||part - leave; "The family took off for Florida"|
go forth, leave, go away - go away from a place; "At what time does your train leave?"; "She didn't leave until midnight"; "The ship leaves at midnight"
roar off - leave; "The car roared off into the fog"
|4.||part - come apart; "The two pieces that we had glued separated"|
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
subdivide - form into subdivisions; "The cells subdivided"
chip, chip off, break away, break off, come off - break off (a piece from a whole); "Her tooth chipped"
come away, come off, detach - come to be detached; "His retina detached and he had to be rushed into surgery"
segregate - divide from the main body or mass and collect; "Many towns segregated into new counties"; "Experiments show clearly that genes segregate"
segment - divide or split up; "The cells segmented"
reduce - undergo meiosis; "The cells reduce"
partition, partition off - divide into parts, pieces, or sections; "The Arab peninsula was partitioned by the British"
discerp, dismember, take apart - divide into pieces; "our department was dismembered when our funding dried up"; "The Empire was discerped after the war"
gerrymander - divide unfairly and to one's advantage; of voting districts
|5.||part - force, take, or pull apart; "He separated the fighting children"; "Moses parted the Red Sea"|
compartmentalise, compartmentalize, cut up - separate into isolated compartments or categories; "You cannot compartmentalize your life like this!"
keep apart, sequestrate, set apart, isolate, sequester - set apart from others; "The dentist sequesters the tooth he is working on"
disconnect - make disconnected, disjoin or unfasten
cut - separate with or as if with an instrument; "Cut the rope"
tear - to separate or be separated by force; "planks were in danger of being torn from the crossbars"
joint - separate (meat) at the joint
gin - separate the seeds from (cotton) with a cotton gin
break - separate from a clinch, in boxing; "The referee broke the boxers"
rupture, tear, snap, bust - separate or cause to separate abruptly; "The rope snapped"; "tear the paper"
|Adv.||1.||part - in part; in some degree; not wholly; "I felt partly to blame"; "He was partially paralyzed"|
piece mass, bulk, entirety, totality
divide unite, join, combine
the parts of the body → las partes del cuerpo
it was all part of the job → todo formaba parte del trabajo
this was only part of the story → esta no era la historia completa → esto sólo era parte de la historia
part of me wanted to apologize → por un lado quería pedir perdón → una parte de mí quería pedir perdón
it went on for the best part of an hour → continuó durante casi una hora
you haven't heard the best part yet → todavía no has oído lo mejor
in the early part of this century → a principios de este siglo
the funny part of it is that nobody seemed to notice → lo gracioso es que nadie pareció darse cuenta
a good part of sth → gran parte de algo
in great part → en gran parte
in part → en parte
the book is good in parts → hay partes del libro que son buenas, el libro es bueno en partes
a large part of sth → gran parte de algo
in large part → en gran parte
for the most part (proportion) → en su mayor parte; (number) → en su mayoría; (= usually) → por lo general
for the most part, this is still unexplored terrain → en su mayor parte, este es un territorio aún no explorado
the locals are, for the most part, very friendly → los habitantes son, en su mayoría, muy simpáticos
the work is, for the most part, quite well paid → el trabajo está, por lo general, bastante bien pagado
a man of (many) parts → un hombre de muchas facetas
to be part and parcel of sth → ser parte integrante de algo
suffering and death are part and parcel of life → el sufrimiento y la muerte son parte integrante de la vida
see also furniture, private C
see also sum 2
one part alcohol to two parts water → una parte de alcohol por cada dos partes de agua
mix together equal parts of salt and flour → mezcle partes iguales de sal y harina
to do one's part → poner de su parte
he had no part in stealing it → no intervino or no participó en el robo
work plays an important part in her life → el trabajo juega un papel importante en su vida
to take part (in sth) → tomar parte (en algo), participar (en algo)
I want no part of this → no quiero tener nada que ver con esto
to look the part → vestir el cargo
to play the part of Hamlet → hacer el papel de Hamlet
he's just playing a part → está fingiendo
see also bit B
I don't know this part of London very well → no conozco esta parte or esta zona de Londres muy bien
a lovely part of the country → una región hermosa del país
what part of Spain are you from? → ¿de qué parte de España eres?
delegates from all parts of the country → delegados de todos los rincones del país
in some parts of the world → en algunas regiones del mundo
in this/that part of the world → en esta/esa región
in foreign parts → en el extranjero
in or round these parts → por aquí, por estos pagos
he's not from these parts → no es de por aquí
for my part, I do not agree → en lo que a mí se refiere or por mi parte, no estoy de acuerdo
to take sth in good part → tomarse algo bien
it was bad organization on their part → fue mala organización por su parte
to take sb's part → ponerse de parte de algn, tomar partido por algn
part of speech → parte f de la oración, categoría f gramatical
what part of speech is "of"? → ¿qué parte de la oración es "de"? → ¿a qué categoría gramatical pertenece "de"?
the soprano part → la parte de soprano
a song in four parts, a four-part song → una canción a cuatro voces
it is part fiction and part fact → es en parte ficción y en parte realidad → contiene partes ficticias y partes reales
the cake was part eaten → el pastel estaba empezado or medio comido
she is part French → tiene algo de sangre francesa
it would kill her to be parted from him → le mataría estar separada de él
market traders try to part the tourists from their money → los dueños de los puestos en los mercados intentan sacar dinero de los turistas
see also company A2
see also death A1
see also fool A1
they couldn't bear to part → no soportaban la idea de separarse
we parted on good terms → lo dejamos como amigos
to part from sb → separarse de algn
they offer part exchange on older vehicles → aceptan vehículos más antiguos como parte del pago de uno nuevo
part owner N → copropietario/a m/f
part payment N → pago m parcial
to accept sth as part payment for sth → aceptar algo como parte del pago or como pago parcial de algo
part song N → canción f a varias voces
The first part of the film was boring → La première partie du film était ennuyeuse.
The exam is divided into two parts → L'examen est divisé en deux parties.
part of (= some of) → une partie de
We walked part of the way together → Nous avons marché ensemble une partie du chemin.
She lost part of her leg in a road accident → Elle a perdu une partie de sa jambe dans un accident de la route.
it's all part of the job → cela fait partie du travail
to be part of the team → faire partie de l'équipe
to be an important part of sth → être une part importante de qch
Respect is an important part of any relationship → Le respect est une part importante de toute relation.
the better part of sth (= most of) → la plus grande partie de qch
I gave the better part of her things away → J'ai donné la plus grande partie de ses affaires.
for the better part of the day → pendant la plus grande partie de la journée
the better part of an hour (= nearly an hour) → près d'une heure
We spent the better part of an hour searching for her → Nous l'avons cherchée pendant près d'une heure.
for the best part of the day (= most of) → pendant la plus grande partie de la journée
for the most part (= predominantly) → en grande partie
The forest is, for the most part, dark and wet → La forêt est en grande partie sombre et humide.
For the most part, his students attend his classes regularly → Ses étudiants, pour la plus grande partie d'entre eux, assistent à ses cours régulièrement.
in part (= partly) → en partie
Levels of sugar in the blood depend in part on what you eat → Le taux de sucre dans le sang dépend en partie de ce que l'on mange.
In part, this attitude was due to fear of the consequences → Cette attitude était en partie due à la peur des conséquences.
Mix three parts rum to one part lemon juice → Mélangez trois volumes de rhum pour un de jus de citron.
parts per million → parties par million
to play a part in sth → jouer un rôle dans qch
Work plays an important part in a single woman's life → Le travail joue un rôle important dans la vie d'une célibataire.
We believe she may have played a part in the robbery → Nous pensons qu'elle pourrait avoir joué un rôle dans le vol.
to take part in sth → participer à qch, prendre part à qch
A lot of people took part in the demonstration → Beaucoup de gens ont participé à la manifestation., Beaucoup de gens ont pris part à la manifestation.
I asked her if she'd take part in the discussion → Je lui ai demandé si elle prendrait part à la discussion., Je lui ai demandé si elle participerait à la discussion.
to want no part of sth → ne rien vouloir avoir à faire avec qch
We want no part of this war → Nous ne voulons rien avoir à faire avec cette guerre.
She played the part of Anna → Elle jouait le rôle d'Anna.
He was just right for the part → Il était parfait pour ce rôle.
to look the part → avoir la tête de l'emploi
Fashion editors have to look the part → Les rédacteurs de mode doivent avoir la tête de l'emploi.
to take sb's part → prendre parti pour qn
for my part → pour ma part
For my part, I adore him → Pour ma part, je l'adore.
For his part, John thought → Pour sa part, John pensait que ...
on sb's part → de la part de qn
It was a heroic effort on his part → C'était un effort héroïque de sa part.
It was a mistake on my part → C'était une erreur de ma part.
to take sth in good part → prendre qch du bon côté
in some parts of the world → dans certaines parties du monde
in these parts (= here) → par ici
There are practically no roads in these parts → Il n'y a pratiquement pas de routes par ici.
The novel is part adventure, part love story → Le roman est moitié aventure, moitié histoire d'amour.
She's part English, part Italian → Elle est moitié Anglaise, moitié Italienne.
He grabbed the boys by the wrists and parted them → Il attrapa les garçons par les poignets et les sépara.
An ambulance parted the crowd → Une ambulance écarta la foule.
She was disturbed to be parted from her children → Être séparée de ses enfants la perturbait.
in part → in parte
it was funny in parts → è stato divertente a tratti
for the most part → nell'insieme, per lo più
the greater part of it is done → il più è fatto
for the better part of the day → per la maggior parte della giornata
two parts of sand to one of cement → due parti di sabbia e una (parte) di cemento
to be part and parcel of → essere parte integrante di
soprano part → la parte del soprano
2-part song → canto a 2 voci
moving part → parte meccanica
to take part in sth → prendere parte or partecipare a qc
to have no part in sth → non aver nulla a che fare con qc
to play a part in sth/doing sth → avere un certo ruolo in qc/nel fare qc
to look the part → essere perfetto/a nella parte
in these parts → da queste parti
a lovely part of the country → una bella regione
on his part → da parte sua
to take sb's part → prendere le parti di qn, parteggiare per qn
for my part → da parte mia, per quanto mi riguarda
a mistake on the part of my brother → un errore da parte di mio fratello
to take sth in good/bad part → prendere bene/male qc
to part one's hair → farsi la riga or la scriminatura (nei capelli)
to part (from sb) → separarsi (da qn)
they parted friends → si sono lasciati da buoni amici