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[uh-pees] /əˈpis/
for each piece, thing, or person; for each one; each:
We ate an orange apiece. The cakes cost a dollar apiece.
Origin of apiece
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English a pease. See a2, piece Unabridged
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  • Each had half a dozen crew working two lines apiece and pulling in flapping, four-foot snoek one after the other.
  • In other words, when they could have sold ten million shares for thirty dollars apiece they sold them for twenty dollars apiece.
  • Nevertheless, his company sold more than twenty of the computer systems, for a million dollars apiece.
  • The devices begin at fifteen hundred dollars apiece.
  • Syringes are cheap, costing pennies apiece, but they require trained staff.
  • He expects that the semiconductors will cost less than a penny apiece, making them more viable than conventional bar codes.
  • Had it taken twice that dose, or two shots apiece, half as many people could have received the vaccine.
British Dictionary definitions for apiece


(postpositive) for, to, or from each one: they were given two apples apiece
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Word Origin and History for apiece

1550s, a contraction of a pece (mid-15c.), originally of coins, objects for sale, etc. (see a (2) + piece (n.)).

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