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[uh-pahrt] /əˈpɑrt/
into pieces or parts; to pieces:
to take a watch apart; an old barn falling apart from decay.
separately in place, time, motion, etc.:
New York and Tokyo are thousands of miles apart. Our birthdays are three days apart.
to or at one side, with respect to place, purpose, or function:
to put money apart for education; to keep apart from the group out of pride.
separately or individually in consideration:
each factor viewed apart from the others.
aside (used with a gerund or noun):
Joking apart, what do you think?
having independent or unique qualities, features, or characteristics (usually used following the noun it modifies):
a class apart.
Verb phrases
take apart,
  1. to disassemble:
    to take a clock apart.
  2. Informal. to criticize; attack:
    She was taken apart for her controversial stand.
  3. to subject to intense examination:
    He will take your feeble excuses apart.
apart from, aside from; in addition to; besides:
Apart from other considerations, time is a factor.
Origin of apart
1350-1400; Middle English < Old French a part to one side. See a-5, part
Related forms
apartness, noun Unabridged
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  • They were apart from the others and for the moment unnoticed.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • I am considering them apart, and confining myself wholly to the words of the song.

  • At any rate, the fact is that she was not buried with him, but apart from him; he had seen to that.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • He has got to paint them so you can tell them apart the minute you look at them, hain't he?

    Tom Sawyer Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Only this, she and another were like one, always, apart from the others.

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
British Dictionary definitions for apart


adjective, adverb (postpositive)
to pieces or in pieces: he had the television apart on the floor
placed or kept separately or to one side for a particular purpose, reason, etc; aside (esp in the phrases set or put apart)
separate in time, place, or position; at a distance: he stood apart from the group, two points three feet apart
not being taken into account; aside: these difficulties apart, the project ran smoothly
individual; distinct; separate: a race apart
separately or independently in use, thought, or function: considered apart, his reasoning was faulty
(preposition) apart from, besides; other than
Word Origin
C14: from Old French a part at (the) side
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Word Origin and History for apart

late 14c., from Old French à part "to the side," from Latin ad "to" (see ad-) + partem, accusative of pars "a side" (see part (n.)).

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Idioms and Phrases with apart


In addition to the idiom beginning with
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