Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage


Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: partir, from Latin partire 'to divide', from pars; PART1


2 verb
1 [intransitive and transitive] written to move the two sides of something apart, or to move apart, making a space in the middle:
When he parted the curtains, the sunlight flooded into the room.
The crowd parted to let him through.
Ralph's lips parted in a delighted smile.
2 [intransitive] written to separate from someone, or end a relationship with them:
They parted on amicable terms.
part from
He has parted from his wife.

be parted (from somebody)

to be prevented from being with someone:
They were hardly ever parted in thirty years of marriage.
He hates being parted from the children.

part company (with somebody)

a) to go in different directions after having gone in the same direction:
The two women parted company outside their rooms.
b) to end a relationship with someone:
George parted company with the band in 1996.
c) to disagree with someone about something:
He parted company with Lloyd George over post-war diplomacy.
5 [transitive]DCB if you part your hair, you comb some of your hair in one direction and the rest in the other direction

part with something

phrasal verb
to give something to someone else, although you do not want to:
I'm reluctant to part with any of the kittens, but we need the money.
Word of the Day
Word of the Day is:

Other related topics