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set apart

Definition of set apart

  1. 1 :  to be a quality that makes (someone or something) better than or different from other people or things —usually + from <What sets her apart (from the other teachers) is her great passion for her work.> <His great height set him apart from the other men in his family.>

  2. 2 :  to keep or save (something) for a particular purpose —often used as (be) set apart —usually + for <A few acres of the city were set apart for a park.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to cause to sit :  place in or on a seat

    :  to put (a fowl) on eggs to hatch them

    :  to put (eggs) for hatching under a fowl or into an incubator

  1. :  the act or action of setting

    :  the condition of being set

    :  a number of things of the same kind that belong or are used together

  1. :  intent, determined

    :  intentional, premeditated

    :  fixed by authority or appointment :  prescribed, specified

  1. :  at a little distance

    :  away from one another in space or time

    :  as a separate unit :  independently

  1. :  separate, isolated

    :  holding different opinions :  divided

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