- 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,
- apartment building
Origin of apart
verb (tr, adverb)
adjective, adverb (postpositive)
Word Origin for apart
Dismantle or disassemble, as in They had to take apart the stereo before they could move it. This usage was first recorded in 1936.
Examine thoroughly, analyze or dissect, as in The teacher embarrassed Tom by taking his thesis apart in front of the class. [Mid-1900s]
Beat up, thrash, as in You'd better be careful; those boys will take you apart. [Slang; mid-1900s]
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