- 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.
- take 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.
- apart from, aside from; in addition to; besides: Apart from other considerations, time is a factor.
Origin of apart
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Examples from the Web for apartness
At the time it emphasized the majesty of Solomon—his apartness from his people.Archology and the Bible
George A. Barton
He told himself this calmly, with an odd sense of apartness.Satan Sanderson
Hallie Erminie Rives
Their apartness that so dislocated the upper, outer, surface-life was only apparent after all.The Promise of Air
But Browning makes Nature manifest her apartness from the man.
Browning does not stand alone among the poets in the apartness from his own land of which I have written.
- 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
C14: from Old French a part at (the) side
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Word Origin and History for apartness
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with apartness
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
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