A part is an area or a section.

  • Which part of the movie did you like, the first part or the last part?
  • In which part of the country do you live?
  • Do you live in the southern part or the northern part?
  • A big part of the test focuses on English.
  • This is the easy part.
  • The last part is difficult.
  • One part of our state will get a lot of snow today while the other part will remain dry.
  • At our meeting, we spent part of the time talking about expanding our business.
  • Jonah has worked in many different parts of the company.
  • When my friend, Sheila, won the lottery, she donated part of the money to charity.
  • When people receive a paycheck, part of the money they earn goes to pay taxes.
  • One part of our RV converts to a sleeping area.


The word "part" is also used for a person’s role, participation, or responsibility:

  • You have an important part to play in a young person’s life. (part to play = responsibility)
  • What part did Edgar play in getting the job done?
  • Sandra refuses to do her part in cleaning up the apartment.
  • She really has to do her part.
  • Tony doesn’t not want to take part in any form of violence. (take part = participate)
  • Kevin got a part in a play. (part in a play = He has a role as an actor.)
  • He has to rehearse his part and commit it to memory.

When the word "part" is used as a verb, it means to separate or leave:

  • Joseph and Maria parted ways once they realized they really didn’t have much in common.
  • It’s hard to part with things that remind you of your childhood. (part = give up)
  • Jerry parts his hair with a comb. (He forms a clearly defined section of hair.)
  • Moses parted the Red Sea. (Exodus 14:21)


The word "partly" is an adverb:

  • Today it’s partly cloudy. (It’s a little cloudy.)
  • Tomorrow will be partly sunny. (There will be a little sun, but most of the day will be cloudy.)
  • Marie is partly unhappy with her husband for not doing what he said he would do for her.
  • All of this mess is partly my fault.
  • Other people are partly to blame.

Go to the Word of the Day section to learn more.

November 16, 2018