Apart meaning

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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.

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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.

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One from another.

I can't tell the twins apart.

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In or into parts or pieces.

Split apart.

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Aside or in reserve, as for a separate use or purpose.

Funds set apart for the project.

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As a distinct item or entity.

Quality sets it apart.

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So as to except or exclude from consideration; aside.

All joking apart, I think you're wrong.

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Set apart; isolated. Used after a noun or in the predicate.

A people who have existed over the centuries as a world apart.

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To one side; at a little distance; aside.
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Separately or away in place or time.

Born two years apart.

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Reserved for a particular purpose.
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Separately or independently in function, use, etc.

Viewed apart.

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In or to pieces.

To take a motor apart.

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Aside; notwithstanding.

All joking apart.

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Separated; not together.
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Separately, in regard to space or company; in a state of separation as to place; aside.
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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.

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Aside; away.
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In two or more parts; asunder; to piece.

To take a piece of machinery apart.

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(following its objective complement) Apart from.

A handful of examples apart, an English preposition precedes its complement.

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apart from
  • Other than; besides.
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take apart
  • To reduce (a whole) to its parts.
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tell apart
  • To distinguish one from another.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of apart

  • Middle English from Old French a part a to (from Latin ad ad–) part side (from Latin pars part- part)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From French à part.
    From Wiktionary