taking apart

apart

[uh-pahrt]
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?
adjective
6.
having independent or unique qualities, features, or characteristics (usually used following the noun it modifies): a class apart.
Verb phrases
7.
take apart,
a.
to disassemble: to take a clock apart.
b.
Informal. to criticize; attack: She was taken apart for her controversial stand.
c.
to subject to intense examination: He will take your feeble excuses apart.
Idioms
8.
apart from, aside from; in addition to; besides: Apart from other considerations, time is a factor.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Old French a part to one side. See a-5, part

apartness, noun
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apart (əˈpɑːt)
 
adj, —adv
1.  to pieces or in pieces: he 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 setorput apart)
3.  separate in time, place, or position; at a distance: he stood apart from the group; two points three feet apart
4.  not being taken into account; aside: these difficulties apart, the project ran smoothly
5.  individual; distinct; separate: a race apart
6.  separately or independently in use, thought, or function: considered apart, his reasoning was faulty
7.  (preposition) apart from besides; other than
 
[C14: from Old French a part at (the) side]

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apart
late 14c., from O.Fr. à part "to the side," from L. ad "to" + partem accusative of pars "a side" (see part).
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