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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, “Book VIII”, in Paradise Lost. [], London: [] [Samuel Simmons], [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554, 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
  4. (intransitive) To hold a conference or consultation.
  5. (transitive) To obtain a share of; to partake of.
    • c. 1587 Anthony Munday, John a Kent and John a Cumber
      Sweet Cossen, what we may not now impart, heere let vs bury it, closely in our hart



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  • impart in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911