[pahr-tish-uhn, per-]


verb (used with object)

Nearby words

  1. partisan,
  2. partisanism,
  3. partisanship,
  4. partita,
  5. partite,
  6. partition chromatography,
  7. partition coefficient,
  8. partition line,
  9. partitive,
  10. partitively

Origin of partition

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin partītiōn- (stem of partītiō) division, equivalent to partīt(us) past participle of partīrī to divide (see party) + -iōn- -ion

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Synonym study

1. See division. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for partition



a division into parts; separation
something that separates, such as a large screen dividing a room in two
a part or share
a division of a country into two or more separate nations
property law a division of property, esp realty, among joint owners
maths any of the ways by which an integer can be expressed as a sum of integers
logic maths
  1. the division of a class into a number of disjoint and exhaustive subclasses
  2. such a set of subclasses
biology a structure that divides or separates
rhetoric the second part of a speech where the chief lines of thought are announced

verb (tr)

(often foll by off) to separate or apportion into sectionsto partition a room off with a large screen
to divide (a country) into two or more separate nations
property law to divide (property, esp realty) among joint owners, by dividing either the property itself or the proceeds of sale
Derived Formspartitioner or partitionist, noun

Word Origin for partition

C15: via Old French from Latin partītiō, from partīre to divide

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Word Origin and History for partition
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Medicine definitions for partition




The act or process of dividing something into parts.
The state of being so divided.
A wall, septum, or other separating membrane in an organism.

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Culture definitions for partition


A division of a nation or territory into two or more nations. Cyprus, Germany, India, Ireland, Korea, Palestine, and Vietnam are notable examples of countries that have undergone partition.

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