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[im-pahrt] /ɪmˈpɑrt/
verb (used with object)
to make known; tell; relate; disclose:
to impart a secret.
to give; bestow; communicate:
to impart knowledge.
to grant a part or share of.
verb (used without object)
to grant a part or share; give.
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin impartīre to share. See im-1, part
Related forms
impartable, adjective
impartation, impartment, noun
imparter, noun
nonimpartation, noun
nonimpartment, noun
preimpart, verb (used with object)
self-imparting, adjective
unimparted, adjective
1. reveal, divulge. See communicate. 2. grant, cede, confer.
1. conceal. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for imparting
  • The hotel's rustic-style villas are enveloped by tropical foliage, imparting the atmosphere of a secluded island hideaway.
  • To be sure, there are conscientious students who will note that a given teacher has done a good job of imparting knowledge.
  • We're expert at imparting the anxiety that comes with graduate school to our students.
  • But we're really good at explaining things and imparting knowledge.
  • Droning professors in lecture halls is a tired and inefficient model for imparting knowledge, no matter how learned the orator.
  • Then imparting that same photon with the same energy state it had before it was held captive and motionless.
  • The effect of gravitation locally contracts the external energy of spacetime, imparting increased velocity to matter.
  • These waves collide with the helium, imparting their momentum to the isotopes, which push the rest of the plasma.
  • So the athlete is better off imparting more energy in kinetic than potential form.
  • But they do demonstrate the importance of unstable conditions in imparting to snowflakes their famous diversity.
British Dictionary definitions for imparting


verb (transitive)
to communicate (information); relate
to give or bestow (something, esp an abstract quality): to impart wisdom
Derived Forms
impartable, adjective
impartation, impartment, noun
imparter, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French impartir, from Latin impertīre, from im- (in) + partīre to share, from pars part
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Word Origin and History for imparting



early 15c., "to give a part of (one's possessions); late 15c., "to share, take part," from Old French impartir (14c.), from Late Latin impartire (also impertire) "to share in, divide with another, communicate," from assimilated form of in- "into, in" (see in- (2)) + partire "to divide, part" (see part (v.)). Related: Imparted; imparting.

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