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a•part /əˈpɑrt/USA pronunciation
adv. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- into pieces or parts;
to pieces: to take a watch apart.
- separated or away from in place, time, motion, or point of view:cities thousands of miles apart.
- to or at one side, with respect to place, purpose, or function:kept apart from the group.
- separately or individually in consideration: to think about each factor apart from the others.
- so as to distinguish one from another: I can't tell the sisters apart.
- aside:[after a noun]Joking apart, what do you think?
- separated and not living or being together:[be + ~ (+ from)]hated being apart from each other.
- having unique characteristics:[after a noun]He's in a class apart.
a•part•ness, n. [uncountable]See -par-.
- Idioms apart from,
- aside from;
except for:had no money, apart from some loose change.
(ə pärt′),USA pronunciation adv.
- 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?
- apart from, aside from;
in addition to;
besides:Apart from other considerations, time is a factor.
- 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.
- having independent or unique qualities, features, or characteristics (usually used following the noun it modifies):a class apart.
- Old French a part to one side. See a-5, part
- Middle English 1350–1400
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apart /əˈpɑːt/ adj , adv (postpositive)
See also take apart
- 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
- apart from ⇒ (preposition) besides; other than
, tell apartEtymology: 14th Century: from Old French a part at (the) side
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