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; separate (usually used following the noun it modifies): a class apart.
to disassemble: to take a clock apart.
Informal. to criticize; attack: She was taken apart for her controversial stand.
to subject to intense examination: He will take your feeble excuses apart.
Idioms about apart
apart from, aside from; in addition to: Apart from other considerations, time is a factor.
- a·part·ness, noun
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How to use apart in a sentence
The key metric here is the aforementioned heart rate variability, or HRV, and WHOOP’s ability to calculate it sets it apart from other wearable fitness trackers.How Data from a Little Wrist Strap Can Change Your Life | Outside Editors | October 23, 2020 | Outside Online
Cities have come apart before when confronted with the outbreak of disease.The Self-Driving Car Is a Red Herring - Issue 92: Frontiers | Anthony Townsend | October 21, 2020 | Nautilus
The starting point for that is to break things apart into these different phenomena like energy-harvesting, self-replication, et cetera.The Physicist’s New Book of Life - Issue 92: Frontiers | Michael Brooks | October 21, 2020 | Nautilus
The new electric Hummer should appeal to those seeking to stand apart from others, Williamson said.An electric Hummer? Battery-powered trucks head to showrooms | Verne Kopytoff | October 21, 2020 | Fortune
After it is cast and cooled down, the mold is dropped on a vibrating machine called the shakeout, which breaks the sand apart to reveal the pan.How Cast Iron Pans Are Made by Hand at Borough Furnace | Eater Video | October 21, 2020 | Eater
The man, Joshua Kemp, told what police describe as “a bogus story that quickly fell apart.”
apart from the video, the Saraya Al-Khorasani group has made no official declaration that it is linked to Taghavi.What an Iranian Funeral Tells Us About the Wars in Iraq | IranWire | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Days away from her dream being fulfilled, it all fell apart.The Insurance Company Promised a Gender Reassignment. Then They Made a Mistake. | James Joiner | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The carpeting is worn, the furniture is falling apart, and the electricity is out for most of the day.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan | Umar Farooq | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
What sets him apart from so many of his contemporaries was his rare immunity from the influence of prevailing ideas.
Moreover, most of the burrows were only a few feet apart and no agonistic behavior was witnessed.Summer Birds From the Yucatan Peninsula | Erwin E. Klaas
Not a few of these are extremely beautiful, and are well worth growing on this account, quite apart from their peculiarity.How to Know the Ferns | S. Leonard Bastin
He went himself to the kitchen, which was a building apart from the cottages and lying to the rear of the house.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
All Koreans pay great honour to their dead parents, and tablets to their memory are placed in some room set apart for the purpose.Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
It has a training value entirely apart from its practical value in that case.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
British Dictionary definitions for apart
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
apart from (preposition) besides; other than
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with apart
In addition to the idiom beginning with apart
- apart from
- come apart
- fall apart
- pick apart
- poles apart
- set apart
- take apart
- tear apart
- tell apart
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.