Word forms: parts
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1. countable noun A part of something is one of the pieces, sections, or elements that it consists of. [+ of] ⇒ I like that part of Cape Town. [+ of] ⇒ Respect is a very important part of any relationship. 2. countable noun
A part for a machine or vehicle is one of the smaller pieces that is used to make it. [+ for] ⇒ ...spare parts for military equipment. ⇒ This engine has only got three moving parts.
Part of something is some of it. [+ of] ⇒ It was a very severe accident and he lost part of his foot. [+ of] ⇒ Mum and he were able to walk part of the way together. ⇒ Woodhead spent part of his childhood in Rhodesia.
4. adverb [ADV n, ADV adj] If you say that something is part one thing, part another, you mean that it is to some extent the first thing and to some extent the second thing. ⇒ The television producer today has to be part news person, part educator. ⇒ Several people looked over the part-Jacobean, part-Georgian building. 5. countable noun You can use part when you are talking about the proportions of substances in a mixture. For example, if you are told to use five parts water to one part paint, the mixture should contain five times as much water as paint. ⇒ Use turpentine and linseed oil, three parts to two. 6. countable noun A part in a play or film is one of the roles in it which an actor or actress can perform. [+ in] ⇒ Alf Sjoberg offered her a large part in the play he was directing. ⇒ He was just right for the part. 7. singular noun Your part in something that happens is your involvement in it. [+ in] ⇒ If only he could conceal his part in the accident. ⇒ He felt a sense of relief that his part in this business was now over. 8. uncountable noun [oft a N]
If something or someone is part of a group or organization, they belong to it or are included in it. ⇒ ...voting on whether to remain part of the Union or become independent. [+ of] ⇒ I was a part of the team and wanted to remain a part of the team.
9. countable noun The part in someone's hair is the line running from the front to the back of their head where their hair lies in different directions. [US] ⇒ The straight white part in her ebony hair seemed to divide the back of her head in half.regional note: in BRIT, use parting
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