Apart



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.
take apart,

to disassemble:
to take a clock apart.
Informal. to criticize; attack:
She was taken apart for her controversial stand.
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.
Contemporary Examples

A century apart, Paul Rosolie and Henry Walter Bates describe their abiding enchantment with the Amazon.
Exploring the Amazon, While We Still Can Darrell Hartman May 14, 2014

One day apart, North Korea launched a long-range missile to much fanfare, and the Assad regime fired Scud missiles on the rebels.
The Syria-North Korea Scud Missile Link Eli Lake December 13, 2012

Miami police used Tasers on schoolchildren in two separate incidents two weeks apart in 2004.
Underage Victims, Grandmother Assault: 8 Most Outrageous Taser Moments Sarah Hedgecock August 1, 2012

It’s easier to be apart than together and pining for someone you can’t see.
Harry Seeing Chelsy Again Tom Sykes May 6, 2012

“At the first couple of RIE classes, I started picking it apart,” said Gray.
The Secret Celebrity Parenting Craze Gina Piccalo October 30, 2010

Historical Examples

It is so strong that only rough handling will pull it apart.
Little Folks’ Handy Book Lina Beard

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 Conquest of Fear Basil King

The picture has a sentimental value to me, apart from its artistic.
The Letters of Ambrose Bierce Ambrose Bierce

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
adv.

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.)).
In addition to the idiom beginning with
apart
also see:

come apart
fall apart
pick apart
poles apart
set apart
take apart
tear apart
tell apart

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