Origin of parted
- a region, quarter, or district: a journey to foreign parts.
- a quality or attribute establishing the possessor as a person of importance or superior worth: Being both a diplomat and a successful businesswoman, she is widely regarded as a woman of parts.
- the written or printed matter extracted from the score that a single performer or section uses in the performance of concerted music: a horn part.
- a section or division of a composition: the allegro part of the first movement.
verb (used with object)
- to separate (silver) from gold in refining.
- to cut (one part) away from a piece, as an end from a billet.
- to keep the surface of (a casting) separate from the sand of the mold.
verb (used without object)
- without offense; in a good-natured manner; amiably: She was able to take teasing in good part.
- to a great extent; largely: His success is in good part ascribable to dogged determination.
- so far as pertains to or concerns one: He expressed appreciation on the part of himself and his colleagues.
- as done or manifested by: attention on the part of the audience.
- to bid farewell or go separate ways; leave one another.
- to dissolve a personal affiliation, relationship, etc., especially because of irreconcilable differences.
- to disagree.
Origin of part
Synonyms for part
Antonyms for part
Related Words for partedseparate, divide, disunite, articulate, strip, sever, rend, slice, particularize, section, subdivide, split, factor, dissever, sunder, disjoin, dismantle, detach, segment, cleave
Examples from the Web for parted
Contemporary Examples of parted
Reached Tuesday, a Sitrick Co. rep confirmed they parted ways with Epstein in April 2011.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking
January 8, 2015
Through a spokesperson, Klaus does not deny that he and Cato parted ways.Vaclav Klaus, Libertarian Hero, Has His Wings Clipped by Cato Institute
December 22, 2014
Before we parted, he reminded me once again as I was walking to my car to read ‘Why Men Love War.’War Is Hell and Such Good Fun
November 11, 2014
Ben was there for the early parts of that process, before we parted ways.La Roux Discusses New Album ‘Trouble in Paradise,’ the 5-Year Gap, and Embracing Her Androgyny
July 6, 2014
But he insisted that she had been fine when they parted and that he had not heard from her since.How ‘MrHandcuffs’ Ended Up With Two Corpses in Suitcases
June 30, 2014
Historical Examples of parted
At the head of the stairs they parted, Milbrey joining the lady who had waited for him.
A light not of this world is gleaming there; and it has grown brighter and clearer since we parted.
The virtuous Melissa parted from them with many blessings and tears.
Her full lips were parted before him, but he did not kiss them.
I would have parted with my life willingly, gladly, to serve you.
- an amount less than the whole; bitthey only recovered part of the money
- (as modifier)an old car in part exchange for a new one
- an actor's role in a play
- the speech and actions which make up such a role
- a written copy of these
- one of a number of separate melodic lines making up the texture of music
- one of such melodic lines, which is assigned to one or more instrumentalists or singersthe viola part; the soprano solo part
- such a line performed from a separately written or printed copySee part song
- to pretend to be what one is not
- (foll by in)to have something to do (with); be instrumental (in)to play a part in the king's downfall
- to end a friendship or association, esp as a result of a quarrel; separatethey were in partnership, but parted company last year
- (foll by with)to leave; go away from; be separated from
Word Origin for part
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with part
- part and parcel
- part company
- parting of the ways
- parting shot
- part with
- party line
- 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