I UK [ˈpɑː(r)tɪ] / US [ˈpɑrtɪ] noun [countable]
Word forms "party":
singular party plural parties
1) a social event at which people meet to celebrate something or to have fun by eating and drinking, dancing, playing games etc

Are you going to Sally's birthday party?

There's going to be a party to celebrate the completion of the project.

give/have/throw/host a party (for someone/something):

We're having a big party for our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary.

a farewell party (= when someone leaves a place):

It's Jane's farewell party on Friday night.

a surprise party:

It was his birthday and I'd planned a surprise party for him.

a) an organized group of people who have similar ideas about the way in which a country should be governed, and who work together to try to persuade people to vote for them in elections: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

the two main political parties

a lifelong member of the Conservative party

an opposition/a ruling party:

The opposition parties had benefited from the problems of the ruling party.

b) [only before noun] belonging to or connected with a political party

party members/policy

the former party chairman

the party faithful (= the members who always support a party):

measures that have angered the party faithful

3) a group of people who are going somewhere together, or who are all involved in the same activity: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

a rescue party

a coach party touring the Lake District

party of:

a party of tourists

4) formal a person or group involved in something such as an agreement or disagreement, especially a contract or legal case, with another person or group
party to:

the parties to the 1930 agreement

an interested party:

The planning team will announce details next week at a meeting for interested parties.

(a) party to somethingformal involved in a particular activity, especially something criminal or dishonest

I felt certain she was a party to his deception.

the guilty/innocent party — the person who is responsible or not responsible for something wrong or illegal that has been done

II UK [ˈpɑː(r)tɪ] / US [ˈpɑrtɪ] verb [intransitive]
Word forms "party":
present tense I/you/we/they party he/she/it parties present participle partying past tense partied past participle partied informal
to have fun eating and drinking, dancing etc with other people

We've been partying all weekend.

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