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English noun: part

1. part something determined in relation to something that includes it

SamplesHe wanted to feel a part of something bigger than himself.
I read a portion of the manuscript.
The smaller component is hard to reach.
The animal constituent of plankton.

Synonymscomponent, component part, constituent, portion

Broader (hypernym)relation

Narrower (hyponym)balance, base, basis, butt, detail, item, item, language unit, linguistic unit, member, particular, point, remainder, residual, residue, residuum, rest, subpart, substance, unit

Part meronymmeronymy, part to whole relation

2. part (artifact) something less than the whole of a human artifact

SamplesThe rear part of the house.
Glue the two parts together.


Broader (hypernym)object, physical object

Narrower (hyponym)appendage, backbone, bit, bottleneck, bulb, butt, component, constituent, cutout, element, foible, fore edge, foredge, forte, fraction, heel, hub, jetsam, limb, neck, peen, piece, pressing, seat, section, segment, shank, spine, stub, toe, turnout, upstage, upstairs, waist, widening, wreckage

Part meronymunit, whole

3. part (object) a portion of a natural object

SamplesThey analyzed the river into three parts.
He needed a piece of granite.


Broader (hypernym)thing

Narrower (hyponym)acicula, base, body part, corner, corpus, craton, cutting, fragment, hunk, lump, nub, segment, slice, strip, stub, world

Instance hyponymNorth Atlantic, North Pacific, South Atlantic, South Pacific

Part meronymbuilding block, unit

4. part (cognition) that which concerns a person with regard to a particular role or situation

SamplesIt requires vigilance on our part.
They resisted every effort on his part.

Broader (hypernym)concern

5. part (location) the extended spatial location of something

SamplesThe farming regions of France.
Religions in all parts of the world.
Regions of outer space.


Broader (hypernym)location

Narrower (hyponym)aerospace, air, air, atmosphere, belt, biosphere, black hole, bottom, county, deep space, depth, distance, Eden, Edgeworth-Kuiper belt, exterior, extremity, heaven, heliosphere, hell, hell on earth, hellhole, house, inferno, inside, intergalactic space, interior, interplanetary space, interstellar space, ionosphere, Kuiper belt, layer, mansion, mare, maria, nirvana, outside, Papua, paradise, planetary house, promised land, radius, Shangri-la, side, sign, sign of the zodiac, Sind, snake pit, star sign, the pits, top, vacuity, vacuum, zodiac, zone

Instance hyponymAchaea, Appleton layer, Cynoscephalae, D region, D-layer, Doris, E layer, E region, F layer, F region, Heaviside layer, Kennelly-Heaviside layer, Rand, Reef, Transylvania, Witwatersrand

6. part (act) the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group

SamplesThe function of a teacher.
The government must do its part.
Play its role.

Synonymsfunction, office, role

Broader (hypernym)duty

Narrower (hyponym)capacity, hat, lieu, place, portfolio, position, second fiddle, stead

7. part (cognition) an actor's portrayal of someone in a play

SamplesShe played the part of Desdemona.

Synonymscharacter, persona, role, theatrical role

Broader (hypernym)characterization, enactment, personation, portrayal

Narrower (hyponym)baddie, bit part, heavy, hero, heroine, ingenue, minor role, name part, title role, villain

8. part (possession) assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group

SamplesHe wanted his share in cash.

Synonymspercentage, portion, share

Broader (hypernym)assets

Narrower (hyponym)allocation, allotment, allowance, cut, dispensation, dole, interest, piece, profit sharing, ration, slice, split, stake, tranche, way

Part meronymearnings, lucre, net, net income, net profit, profit, profits

9. part (cognition) one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole

SamplesThe written part of the exam.
The finance section of the company.
The BBC's engineering division.

Synonymsdivision, section

Broader (hypernym)concept, conception, construct

Narrower (hyponym)beginning, bout, chukka, chukker, component, constituent, element, end, factor, final period, first period, frame, frame, game, half, high point, ingredient, inning, middle, over, period, quarter, round, second period, turn

Part meronymwhole

10. part (body) a line of scalp that can be seen when sections of hair are combed in opposite directions

SamplesHis part was right in the middle.


Broader (hypernym)line

Part meronymhair

11. part (communication) the melody carried by a particular voice or instrument in polyphonic music

SamplesHe tried to sing the tenor part.


Broader (hypernym)air, line, melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, strain, tune

Narrower (hyponym)accompaniment, backup, bass, bass part, musical accompaniment, primo, secondo, support, voice part

12. part (act) the part played by a person in bringing about a result

SamplesI am proud of my contribution in advancing the project.
They all did their share of the work.

Synonymscontribution, share

Broader (hypernym)attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try

Narrower (hyponym)end

English adverb: part

1. part in part; in some degree; not wholly

SamplesI felt partly to blame.
He was partially paralyzed.

Synonymspartially, partly

Antonymsall, altogether, completely, entirely, totally, whole, wholly

English verb: part

1. part (motion) go one's own way; move apart

SamplesThe friends separated after the party.

Synonymsseparate, split

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)move

Narrower (hyponym)break up, diffract, disperse, dissipate, scatter, spread out

2. part (social) discontinue an association or relation; go different ways

SamplesThe business partners broke over a tax question.
The couple separated after 25 years of marriage.
My friend and I split up.

Synonymsbreak, break up, separate, split, split up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Narrower (hyponym)break, break apart, break away, break away, break with, disassociate, disjoint, dissociate, disunify, disunite, divorce, divorce, give the axe, give the bounce, give the gate, secede, splinter, split up

3. part (motion) leave

SamplesThe family took off for Florida.

Synonymsdepart, set forth, set off, set out, start, start out, take off

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go away, go forth, leave

Narrower (hyponym)blaze, blaze out, lift off, roar off, sally forth, sally out, take off

4. part (contact) come apart

SamplesThe two pieces that we had glued separated.

Synonymsdivide, separate

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)change

Narrower (hyponym)break away, break off, break up, calve, chip, chip off, come away, come off, come off, detach, discerp, disjoin, disjoint, dismember, gerrymander, partition, partition off, polarise, polarize, reduce, section, segment, segment, segregate, subdivide, take apart

5. part (contact) force, take, or pull apart

SamplesHe separated the fighting children.
Moses parted the Red Sea.

ExamplesThey part their hair

Synonymsdisunite, divide, separate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something from somebody

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Narrower (hyponym)break, break up, bust, compartmentalise, compartmentalize, cut, cut up, disarticulate, disconnect, disjoin, disjoint, disjoint, gin, isolate, joint, keep apart, polarise, polarize, rupture, sequester, sequestrate, set apart, sever, snap, tear, tear

Causedivide, part, separate

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