apart

[ uh-pahrt ]
/ əˈpɑrt /

adverb

adjective

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.

Idioms for 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

OTHER WORDS FROM apart

a·part·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for take apart (1 of 2)

take apart

verb (tr, adverb)

to separate (something) into component parts
to criticize or punish severelythe reviewers took the new play apart

British Dictionary definitions for take apart (2 of 2)

apart
/ (əˈpɑːt) /

adjective, adverb (postpositive)

Word Origin for apart

C14: from Old French a part at (the) side
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Idioms and Phrases with take apart (1 of 2)

take apart

1

Dismantle or disassemble, as in They had to take apart the stereo before they could move it. This usage was first recorded in 1936.

2

Examine thoroughly, analyze or dissect, as in The teacher embarrassed Tom by taking his thesis apart in front of the class. [Mid-1900s]

3

Beat up, thrash, as in You'd better be careful; those boys will take you apart. [Slang; mid-1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with take apart (2 of 2)

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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