for one's part, as far as concerns one: For my part, you can do whatever you please.
    for the most part, with respect to the greatest part; on the whole; generally; usually; mostly: They are good students, for the most part.
    in good part,
    1. without offense; in a good-natured manner; amiably: She was able to take teasing in good part.
    2. to a great extent; largely: His success is in good part ascribable to dogged determination.
    in part, in some measure or degree; to some extent; partly; partially: The crop failure was due in part to unusual weather conditions.
    on the part of,
    1. so far as pertains to or concerns one: He expressed appreciation on the part of himself and his colleagues.
    2. as done or manifested by: attention on the part of the audience.
    Also on one's part.
    part and parcel, an essential, necessary, or integral part: Her love for her child was part and parcel of her life.
    part company,
    1. to bid farewell or go separate ways; leave one another.
    2. to dissolve a personal affiliation, relationship, etc., especially because of irreconcilable differences.
    3. to disagree.
    take part, to participate; share or partake: They refused to take part in any of the activities of the community.
    take someone's part, to align oneself with; support; defend: His parents took his part, even though he was obviously in the wrong.

Origin of part

before 1000; (noun) Middle English (< Old French < L), Old English < Latin part- (stem of pars) piece, portion; (v.) Middle English parten < Old French partir < Latin partīre, derivative of pars
Related formsmul·ti·part, adjectivesub·part, noun

Synonyms for part

1. component, ingredient, division, sector. Part, piece, portion, segment, section, fraction, fragment refer to something that is less than the whole. Part is the general word: part of a house. A piece suggests a part which is itself a complete unit or it may mean an irregular fragment: a piece of pie; a piece of a broken vase. A portion is a part allotted or assigned to a person, purpose, etc.: a portion of food. A segment is often a part into which something separates naturally: a segment of an orange. Section suggests a relatively substantial, clearly separate part that fits closely with other parts to form a whole: a section of a fishing rod, a book. Fraction suggests a less substantial but still clearly delimited part, often separate from other parts: a fraction of his former income. Fragment suggests a broken, inconsequential, incomplete part, with irregular or imprecise outlines or boundaries: a fragment of broken pottery, of information. 6. apportionment, lot. 13. responsibility. 18. sever, sunder, dissociate, disconnect, disjoin, detach.

Antonyms for part

1. whole. 15. join. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for part with



a piece or portion of a whole
an integral constituent of somethingdancing is part of what we teach
  1. an amount less than the whole; bitthey only recovered part of the money
  2. (as modifier)an old car in part exchange for a new one
one of several equal or nearly equal divisionsmix two parts flour to one part water
  1. an actor's role in a play
  2. the speech and actions which make up such a role
  3. a written copy of these
a person's proper role or dutyeveryone must do his part
(often plural) region; areayou're well known in these parts
anatomy any portion of a larger structure
a component that can be replaced in a machine, engine, etcspare parts
US, Canadian and Australian the line of scalp showing when sections of hair are combed in opposite directionsBritish equivalent: parting
  1. one of a number of separate melodic lines making up the texture of music
  2. one of such melodic lines, which is assigned to one or more instrumentalists or singersthe viola part; the soprano solo part
  3. such a line performed from a separately written or printed copySee part song
for the most part generally
for one's part as far as one is concerned
in part to some degree; partly
of many parts having many different abilities
on the part of on behalf of
part and parcel an essential ingredient
play a part
  1. to pretend to be what one is not
  2. (foll by in)to have something to do (with); be instrumental (in)to play a part in the king's downfall
take in good part to respond to (teasing) with good humour
take part in to participate in
take someone's part to support someone in an argument


to divide or separate from one another; take or come apartto part the curtains; the seams parted when I washed the dress
to go away or cause to go away from one another; stop or cause to stop seeing each otherthe couple parted amicably
(intr foll by from) to leave; say goodbye (to)
(intr foll by with) to relinquish, esp reluctantlyI couldn't part with my teddy bear
(tr foll by from) to cause to relinquish, esp reluctantlyhe's not easily parted from his cash
(intr) to split; separatethe path parts here
(tr) to arrange (the hair) in such a way that a line of scalp is left showing
(intr) a euphemism for die 1 (def. 1)
(intr) archaic to depart
part company
  1. to end a friendship or association, esp as a result of a quarrel; separatethey were in partnership, but parted company last year
  2. (foll by with)to leave; go away from; be separated from


to some extent; partly
See also parts

Word Origin for part

C13: via Old French from Latin partīre to divide, from pars a part
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Word Origin and History for part with



mid-13c., "division, portion of a whole," from Old French part "share, portion; character; power, dominion; side, way, path," from Latin partem (nominative pars) "a part, piece, a share, a division; a party or faction; a part of the body; a fraction; a function, office," related to portio "share, portion," from PIE root *pere- "to assign, allot" (cf. Greek peprotai "it has been granted," Sanskrit purtam "reward," Hittite parshiya- "fraction, part").

It has replaced native deal (n.) in most senses. Theatrical sense (late 15c.) is from an actor's "share" in a performance (The Latin plural partis was used in the same sense). Meaning "the parting of the hair" is 1890, American English.

As an adjective from 1590s. Late Old English part "part of speech" did not survive and the modern word is considered a separate borrowing. Phrase for the most part is from late 14c. To take part "participate" is from late 14c.



c.1200, "to divide into parts; separate oneself," from Old French partir "to divide, separate" (10c.), from Latin partire, partere "to share, part, distribute, divide," from pars (see part (n.)).

Sense of "to separate (someone from someone else)" is from early 14c.; that of "to take leave" is from early 15c. Meaning "to separate the hair" is attested from 1610s. Related: Parted; parting. To part with "surrender" is from c.1300.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for part with




A portion, division, piece, or segment of a whole.
Any of several equal portions or fractions that can constitute a whole or into which a whole can be divided.
An organ, member, or other division of an organism.
An anatomical part; pars.
parts The external genitalia.
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Idioms and Phrases with part with

part with

Give up, let go of, relinquish, as in Janice hated to part with her cat, but the landlord wouldn't allow pets. [Mid-1300s]


In addition to the idioms beginning with part

  • part and parcel
  • part company
  • parting of the ways
  • parting shot
  • part with
  • party line

also see:

  • best part of
  • better half (part of)
  • discretion is the better part of valor
  • do one's bit (part)
  • fool and his money are soon parted
  • for one's part
  • for the most part
  • in good part
  • in part
  • take part
  • take someone's part
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