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[im-pahrt] /ɪmˈpɑrt/
verb (used with object)
to make known; tell; relate; disclose:
to impart a secret.
to give; bestow; communicate:
to impart knowledge.
to grant a part or share of.
verb (used without object)
to grant a part or share; give.
Origin of impart
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin impartīre to share. See im-1, part
Related forms
impartable, adjective
impartation, impartment, noun
imparter, noun
nonimpartation, noun
nonimpartment, noun
preimpart, verb (used with object)
self-imparting, adjective
unimparted, adjective
1. reveal, divulge. 2. grant, cede, confer.
1. conceal.
Synonym Study
1. See communicate. Unabridged
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  • He was on the point of imparting to Agapit the story of his great-grandfather's letter.

    Rose Charlitte Marshall Saunders
  • Hence the importance of imparting a high velocity to projectiles in war.

  • But he hath hung back these two yeares, as to imparting copies to me for the collection of mine with you.

  • He had kept his suspicions to himself, not imparting them even to his own special followers.

    The Boy Slaves Mayne Reid
  • I have no hesitation in imparting to you all I know of the last episode that, as he used to say, had "come to him."

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • Who shall say that the imparting of such knowledge is not the business of a real school?

    The New Education Scott Nearing
  • When mature, these spores fall freely upon the ground beneath, imparting to it the general colour of the spores.

    Fungi: Their Nature and Uses Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
  • I thought of imparting it only to Ben, and for him I now went in search.

    Ran Away to Sea Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for imparting


verb (transitive)
to communicate (information); relate
to give or bestow (something, esp an abstract quality): to impart wisdom
Derived Forms
impartable, adjective
impartation, impartment, noun
imparter, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French impartir, from Latin impertīre, from im- (in) + partīre to share, from pars part
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Word Origin and History for imparting



early 15c., "to give a part of (one's possessions); late 15c., "to share, take part," from Old French impartir (14c.), from Late Latin impartire (also impertire) "to share in, divide with another, communicate," from assimilated form of in- "into, in" (see in- (2)) + partire "to divide, part" (see part (v.)). Related: Imparted; imparting.

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