Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin pars


1 noun
part1 S1 W1


[countable] a piece or feature of something such as an object, area, event, or period of time
part of
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.
integral/vital/important part
the traditions that are an integral part of Jewish life
in parts
The film is very violent in parts.
! Do not say 'most part of'. Say most of: We spent most of (NOT most part of) the morning shopping.


[countable]T 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.
engine parts
spare parts (=kept for when a part breaks, needs replacing etc)

not all

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.
Britain should 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.

take part

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 something.

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.

in part

to some degree, but not completely [= partly]:
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:
Practical work forms an integral part of the course.


[countable usually singular] American EnglishDCB a parting


[countable]APA the words and actions of a particular character in a play or film [= role]:
Could someone take the part of Romeo, please?
Katharine's playing the part of Mary in the school play.


[countable]APM 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.


[countable]HCTM used to say how much of each substance there is or should be in a mixture:
Prepare the glue with one part powder to three parts water.
The sulphur dioxide level in the air was 32 parts per billion.

look the part

a) to look like a typical person of a particular type:
In his smart suit, he certainly looked the part.
b) 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

British English formal 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

formal 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

old-fashioned 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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