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.

Nearby words

  1. apaporis,
  2. aparalytic,
  3. aparavidya,
  4. aparejo,
  5. aparri,
  6. apart from,
  7. apartheid,
  8. aparthotel,
  9. apartment,
  10. apartment building


    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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British Dictionary definitions for take apart

take apart

verb (tr, adverb)

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

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Idioms and Phrases with take apart

take 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

also see:

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