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Definition of party noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



/ˈpɑri/ party pronunciation American
plural parties1 (especially in compounds) a social occasion, often in a person's home, at which people eat, drink, talk, dance, and enjoy themselvesa birthday/dinner/garden, etc. partyto give/have/throw a partyDid you go to the party?party games see also bachelor party, house party2 also Party a political organization that you can vote for in elections and whose members have the same aims and ideasthe Democratic and Republican PartiesShe belongs to the Green Party.the ruling/opposition partythe party leader/manifesto/policy3 a group of people who are doing something together, such as traveling or visiting somewhereThe guide took a party of 40 tourists to France.The theater gives a 10% discount to parties of more than ten. see also search party4 (formal) one of the people or groups of people involved in a legal agreement or argumentthe guilty/innocent partyThe contract can be terminated by either party with three months' notice.The judge's decision satisfied most of the parties concerned. see also injured party, third partyIDIOMS

be (a) party to something

(formal) to be involved in an agreement or actionto be party to a decisionHe refused to be a party to any party tobe a party to

bring something to the party/table

to contribute something useful to a discussion, project, etc.
What Alvarez brought to the party was real commitment and energy.bring to the partybring to the table
Usage notesTopic Collocations: Politicspowercreate/form/be the leader of a political partygain/take/win/lose/regain control of Congressstart/spark/lead/be on the brink of a revolutionbe engaged/locked in an internal power strugglelead/form a rival/breakaway factionseize/take control of power/the governmentbring down/overthrow/topple the government/president/regimeabolish/overthrow/restore the monarchyestablish/install a military dictatorship/a stable governmentbe forced/removed/driven from office/powerresign/step down as party leader/president/prime minister/governor/a senatorenter/retire from/return to political lifepolitical debatespark/provoke a heated/hot/intense/lively debateengage in/participate in/contribute to (the) political/public debate (on/over something)get involved in/feel excluded from the political processlaunch/start/lead/spearhead a campaign/movementjoin/be linked with the peace/anti-war/feminist/civil rights movementcriticize/speak out against/challenge/support the governmentlobby/put pressure on the government (to do something)come under fire/pressure from opposition partiespolicycall for/demand/propose/push for/advocate democratic/political/land reform(s)formulate/implement domestic economic policychange/influence/shape/have an impact on government/economic/public policybe consistent with/be in line with/go against/be opposed to government policyreform/restructure/modernize the tax systemprivatize/improve/deliver/make cuts in public servicesinvest (heavily) in/spend something on schools/education/public services/(the) infrastructurenationalize the banks/the oil industrypromise/propose/deliver/give ($80 billion in/significant/substantial/massive) tax cutsa/the budget is approved/passed by Congress/the House/the Senatemaking lawshave a majority in/have seats in Congress/the House/the Senatepropose/sponsor a bill/legislation/a resolution/an amendmentintroduce/bring in/draw up/draft/adopt/pass a bill/a law/a resolution/an amendment/legislation/measuresamend/repeal an act/a law/legislationveto/vote against/oppose a bill/legislation/a measure/a proposal/a resolutionget/require/be decided by a majority vote⇨ more collocations at economy, vote