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[uh-pahrt] /əˈpɑrt/
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.
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.
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 forms
apartness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for apart
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  • It is so strong that only rough handling will pull it apart.

  • They were apart from the others and for the moment unnoticed.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • We often, in our blindness, take a bit of our life, and look at it apart as an ended history.

    Old Kensington Miss Thackeray
  • I am considering them apart, and confining myself wholly to the words of the song.

  • The picture has a sentimental value to me, apart from its artistic.

British Dictionary definitions for apart


adjective, adverb (postpositive)
to pieces or in pieces: he 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 distance: he stood apart from the group, two points three feet apart
not being taken into account; aside: these difficulties apart, the project ran smoothly
individual; distinct; separate: a race apart
separately or independently in use, thought, or function: considered apart, his reasoning was faulty
(preposition) apart from, besides; other than
Word Origin
C14: from Old French a part at (the) side
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Word Origin and History for 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 apart


In addition to the idiom beginning with
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