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a piece or feature of something such as an object, area, event, or period of time
The front part of the car was damaged.
In parts of Canada, French is the first language.
For part of the day, you will be outside doing practical work.
The cost of living is becoming unbearable for retired people in our
part of the world
where we live
More heat is lost through the head than any other
part of the body.
the early/later/latter/last part
in the early part of the nineteenth century
the best/worst part
The best part of the holiday was the food.
the first/final/last part etc
You can see the final part of that series on Tuesday.
part two/three etc
I shall be explaining this further in Part Two.
the hard/easy part
Getting Dad to agree will be the hard part.
different parts/all parts of something
The jobs attracted people from all parts of the world.
the traditions that are an integral part of Jewish life
The film is very violent in parts.
Do not say 'most part of'. Say
We spent most of (NOT most part of) the morning shopping.
one of the separate pieces that something such as a machine or piece of equipment is made of
Lay all the parts out before you start assembling the model.
kept for when a part breaks, needs replacing etc
part of something
some, but not all, of a particular thing
Part of the money will be spent on a new playground.
Part of the castle was destroyed by fire.
part of me/him etc
Part of me hates him
I partly hate him
(only) part of the story/problem/explanation etc
Poor working conditions are only part of the problem.
play a part
if something or someone plays a part in something else, they are involved in it
play a part in
Health education will play a part in preparing us for old age.
play its full part
in the negotiations.
play a big/important part in something
Pictures play an important part in publishing.
have a part to play (in something)
to have a particular job or be responsible for something
The church used to have a more important part to play in the community.
to be involved in an activity, sport, event etc with other people
take part in
About 400 students took part in the protest.
She wanted to take part but she was too ill.
take an active/leading part
At college I took an active part in student politics.
Do not say 'take a part in' something. Say
take part in
take/have/play no part in something
to not be involved in something
She took no part in the fighting.
want no part of something
to not want to be involved in something
There was a plan to change the production style, and he wanted no part of it.
the best/better part of something
nearly all of something
We waited for the best part of an hour.
a good/large part of something
a lot or more than half of something
A large part of the budget will be spent on advertising.
the greater/major part of something
most of something
They controlled the greater part of North Africa.
to some degree, but not completely
His reluctance to help could, in part, be explained by his poor eyesight.
in large part/for the most part
mostly, or in most places
Success was due in large part to good teamwork.
For the most part he worked patiently.
be (a) part of something
to be included or involved in something
Falling over is part of learning how to ski.
If you decide to work for our organisation, you will be part of a great team.
form (a) part of something
to be one of the things that make up something larger or more important
forms an integral part of
countable usually singular
the words and actions of a particular character in a play or film
take the part of
playing the part of
Mary in the school play.
the music that one type of instrument or voice within a group plays or sings
The violin part is difficult.
The choir sings in four-part harmony.
used to say how much of each substance there is or should be in a mixture
Prepare the glue with one
The sulphur dioxide level in the air was 32 parts per billion.
look the part
to look like a typical person of a particular type
In his smart suit, he certainly looked the part.
to perform well and seem likely to be successful - used in sports reports
He's beginning to look the part on the soccer field.
dress the part
to wear suitable clothes for something
She's got a new high-powered job, and she's certainly dressing the part.
somebody's part in something
what a particular person did in an activity that was shared by several people, especially something bad
He was imprisoned for six years for his part in the murder.
in/round these parts
in the particular area that you are in
We don't get many tourists in these parts.
take somebody's part
to support someone in a quarrel or argument
take somebody's side
Dad always takes my brother's part when we argue.
for my/his part etc
used when saying what a particular person thinks or does, as opposed to other people
For my part, I prefer living in the country.
on somebody's part/on the part of somebody
used when describing a particular person's feelings or actions
It was probably just a mistake on her part.
There has never been any jealousy on my part.
take something in good part
to accept jokes or criticism about you without being upset
be part and parcel of something
to be a necessary feature of something
Working irregular hours is all part and parcel of being a journalist.
man/woman of many parts
someone who is able to do many different things
He was a man of many parts: writer, literary critic and historian.
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