- Apart is defined as a whole thing being broken down into units.
A very old building that is rotting with pieces falling off of it is an example of a building that is falling apart.
- The definition of apart are things that are not together in any way, such as things separated by time or distance.
A child born three years after his brother is an example of a child who is three years apart from his brother.
- to one side; at a little distance; aside
- separately or away in place or time: born two years apart
- reserved for a particular purpose
- separately or independently in function, use, etc.: viewed apart
- in or to pieces: to take a motor apart
- aside; notwithstanding: all joking apart
Origin of apartMiddle English from Old French a part from Classical Latin ad, to, at + partem, accusative of pars, a side, part
- a. At a distance in place, position, or time: railings spaced two feet apart; born three years apart.b. Away from another or others: grew apart over the years; decided to live apart.
- In or into parts or pieces: split apart.
- One from another: I can't tell the twins apart.
- Aside or in reserve, as for a separate use or purpose: funds set apart for the project.
- As a distinct item or entity: Quality sets it apart.
Origin of apartMiddle English from Old French a part a to ( from Latin ad ; see ad- . ) part side ( from Latin pars part-; see part . )
(comparative more apart, superlative most apart)
- Separately, in regard to space or company; in a state of separation as to place; aside.
- In a state of separation, of exclusion, or of distinction, as to purpose, use, or character, or as a matter of thought; separately; independently
- Consider the two propositions apart.
- Aside; away.
- In two or more parts; asunder; to piece
- to take a piece of machinery apart.
- (following its objective complement) apart from.
- A handful of examples apart, an English preposition precedes its complement.
From French à part.