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noun part pronunciation in American English /pɑrt/
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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 aging 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.
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    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
      a factory that makes automobile parts
      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.
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    1. a.

      parts

      [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    be (only) part of the problem/story/reason etc.: Planning experts say outdated transportation systems are only part of the city’s problem.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.
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  5. 5
    [countable] the person played by an actor in a movie, play, or television program
    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.
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    1. a.
      the words spoken by an actor playing a particular person in a movie, play, or television program
      You’ve had weeks to learn the part and you still don’t know it.
      She had a small part in a TV drama.
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  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 HBO
  8. 9
    [countable] a particular quantity used for measuring equal amounts of different substances to form a mixture
    Use a mixture of one part milk to four parts water.

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