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impart

[im-pahrt]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to make known; tell; relate; disclose: to impart a secret.
  2. to give; bestow; communicate: to impart knowledge.
  3. to grant a part or share of.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to grant a part or share; give.
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Origin of impart

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin impartīre to share. See im-1, part
Related formsim·part·a·ble, adjectiveim·par·ta·tion, im·part·ment, nounim·part·er, nounnon·im·par·ta·tion, nounnon·im·part·ment, nounpre·im·part, verb (used with object)self-im·part·ing, adjectiveun·im·part·ed, adjective

Synonyms

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1. reveal, divulge. 2. grant, cede, confer.

Synonym study

1. See communicate.

Antonyms

1. conceal.
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Examples from the Web for impart

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  • In a short time, I shall not have sufficient strength to impart all I have to say.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • This set them to looking up some other article which might impart variety to their fare.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • If no one was there, he had a lesson to impart, based on the silence and the darkness.

  • But he did not go incontinently to impart to her that information.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • Let me impart my confidence to you, you flurried little thing, in my own way.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens


British Dictionary definitions for impart

impart

verb (tr)
  1. to communicate (information); relate
  2. to give or bestow (something, esp an abstract quality)to impart wisdom
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Derived Formsimpartable, adjectiveimpartation or impartment, nounimparter, 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 impart

v.

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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