part - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable] one of the pieces, sections, aspects etc that something consists of

    It was a pretty boring class, but the part about using spreadsheets was quite useful.

    I didn’t mind the written paper – that’s the easy part.

    part of:

    The top part of the shoe is made of leather.

    the early part of the nineteenth century

    Memory loss is a normal part of the ageing process.

    essential/crucial/vital/important part:

    School inspection is a vital part of the education system.

    as part of something:

    There’s a concert tonight as part of a week of celebrations for the Queen’s birthday.

    1. a.
      a piece or area of the body
      part of the body/body part:

      The knee is the most frequently injured part of the body.

    2. b.
      one of the smaller individual pieces that a machine or vehicle is made of

      We’re waiting for a part to come from Germany.

  2. 2
    [countable] a region of a country or district of a city

    There will be heavy rain today in most parts.

    part of:

    She came from a remote part of China.

    1. a.


      [plural] old-fashioned a place or area
      these parts:

      This is the worst summer we’ve had in these parts for over a century.

  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] some but not all of something
    part of:

    Part of what the kids had to do was compare different poems.

    We walked part of the way, then took a bus.

    be (only) part of the problem/story/reason etc:

    Planning experts say outdated transportation systems are only part of the city’s problem.

    in parts:

    The novel is funny in parts.

  4. 4
    [countable] one of the members of a group of people or things that together form a single unit
    part of:

    He liked the feeling of being part of the team.

    Joel felt like part of the family.

  5. 5
    [countable] the person played by an actor in a film, play, or television programme

    She’d be really good for that part.

    play the part of someone:

    I’ve been asked to play the part of the evil stepmother in the school play.

     Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      the words spoken by an actor playing a particular person in a film, play, or television programme

      You’ve had weeks to learn the part and you still don’t know it.

      She had a small part in a TV drama.

  6. 6
    [singular] the way in which someone is involved in an activity or event and the effect they have on what happens
    someone’s part in something:

    Lewinsky was questioned about her part in the scandal.

    He was jailed for 10 years for his part in a serious fraud.

  7. 7
    [countable] a section of a book, magazine, play, television series etc

    The regulations are contained in Part 3 of Chapter 2.

    a new 12-part drama starting tonight on ITV

  8. 8
    [countable] the music that is written for a particular type of instrument or voice in a group of different types of instruments or voices

    the violin part

  9. 10
    [countable] American a parting in your hair