[ pahr-tish-uhn, per- ]
/ pɑrˈtɪʃ ən, pər- /


verb (used with object)

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


synonym study for partition

1. See division. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for partition

/ (pɑːˈtɪʃən) /


verb (tr)

Derived forms of partition

partitioner or partitionist, noun

Word Origin for partition

C15: via Old French from Latin partītiō, from partīre to divide
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Medical definitions for partition

[ pär-tĭshən ]


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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Cultural 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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