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See also: împart



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. To give a part or share.
    to impart food to the poor
    The sun imparts warmth.
  2. To communicate the knowledge of; to make known; to show by words or tokens; to tell; to disclose.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Dryden
      Well may he then to you his cares impart.
    • (Can we date this quote?) William Shakespeare
      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.
  3. To hold a conference or consultation.
  4. To obtain a share of; to partake of.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Munday to this entry?)