Meaning of COMPONENT in English

COMPONENT

/ kəmˈpəʊnənt; NAmE -ˈpoʊ-/ noun

one of several parts of which sth is made :

the components of a machine

the car component industry

Key components of the government's plan are ...

Trust is a vital component in any relationship.

►  com·pon·ent adjective [ only before noun ]:

to break sth down into its component parts

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WORD ORIGIN

mid 17th cent.: from Latin component- putting together, from the verb componere , from com- together + ponere put. Compare with compound .

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