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apart

[uh-pahrt]
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adverb
  1. into pieces or parts; to pieces: to take a watch apart; an old barn falling apart from decay.
  2. separately in place, time, motion, etc.: New York and Tokyo are thousands of miles apart. Our birthdays are three days apart.
  3. 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.
  4. separately or individually in consideration: each factor viewed apart from the others.
  5. aside (used with a gerund or noun): Joking apart, what do you think?
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adjective
  1. having independent or unique qualities, features, or characteristics (usually used following the noun it modifies): a class apart.
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Verb Phrases
  1. 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.
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Idioms
  1. apart from, aside from; in addition to; besides: Apart from other considerations, time is a factor.
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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)
  1. to separate (something) into component parts
  2. to criticize or punish severelythe reviewers took the new play apart
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apart

adjective, adverb (postpositive)
  1. to pieces or in pieceshe had the television apart on the floor
  2. placed or kept separately or to one side for a particular purpose, reason, etc; aside (esp in the phrases set or put apart)
  3. separate in time, place, or position; at a distancehe stood apart from the group; two points three feet apart
  4. not being taken into account; asidethese difficulties apart, the project ran smoothly
  5. individual; distinct; separatea race apart
  6. separately or independently in use, thought, or functionconsidered apart, his reasoning was faulty
  7. apart from (preposition) besides; other than
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French a part at (the) side
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Word Origin and History for take apart

apart

adv.

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with take apart

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.

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2

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

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3

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

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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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