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From Middle English imparten, borrowed from Middle French impartir, empartir, from Late Latin impartiō, impertiō, from im- (in) + Latin partiō (divide).



impart (third-person singular simple present imparts, present participle imparting, simple past and past participle imparted)

  1. (transitive) To give or bestow (e.g. a quality or property).
    The sun imparts warmth.
    to impart food to the poor
  2. (transitive) To give a part or to share.
    Synonyms: bequeath, bestow, give; see also Thesaurus:give
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book VIII, line 440
      Expressing well the spirit within thee [Adam] free, / My [God's] image, not imparted to the brute.
    • 1907, Charles Henry Vine, The Old Faith and the New Theology[1]:
      Did not Mazzini impart his spirit to divided Italy, and make her one?
    • 2002, John Pym, Time Out Film Guide[2], page 202:
      Cary Grant imparts his ineffable charm, Kennedy (with metal hand) provides comic brutality, while Hepburn is elegantly fraught.
  3. (transitive) To make known; to show (by speech, writing etc.).
    Synonyms: disclose, tell; see also Thesaurus:announce, Thesaurus:inform
    • 1662, John Dryden, letter to Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon
      Well may he then to you his cares impart.
    • c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene ii]:
      Gentle lady, / When I did first impart my love to you.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 5, in A Cuckoo in the Nest:
      The departure was not unduly prolonged. [] Within the door Mrs. Spoker hastily imparted to Mrs. Love a few final sentiments on the subject of Divine Intention in the disposition of buckets; farewells and last commiserations; a deep, guttural instigation to the horse; and the wheels of the waggonette crunched heavily away into obscurity.
  4. (intransitive) To hold a conference or consultation.
  5. (transitive) To obtain a share of; to partake of.
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  • impart at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • impart in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.