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 formsa·part·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for apart

Contemporary Examples of apart

Historical Examples of apart

  • 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.

  • 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 pieceshe 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 distancehe stood apart from the group; two points three feet apart
not being taken into account; asidethese difficulties apart, the project ran smoothly
individual; distinct; separatea race apart
separately or independently in use, thought, or functionconsidered apart, his reasoning was faulty
apart from (preposition) besides; other than

Word Origin for apart

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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with apart


In addition to the idiom beginning with apart

  • apart from

also see:

  • come apart
  • fall apart
  • pick apart
  • poles apart
  • set apart
  • take apart
  • tear apart
  • tell apart
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