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take apart

Definition of take apart

  1. 1 :  to remove or separate the parts of (something) <Help me take this puzzle apart.>

  2. 2 :  to talk about the different parts of (an idea, story, etc.) often in order to criticize it <He takes apart the theory and shows its weaknesses.>

  3. 3 chiefly British :  to badly beat (a person or team) in a game or contest <The champion really took the challenger apart in the second round.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: as

    :  to seize or capture physically

    :  to get possession of (as fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. :  something that is taken:

    :  the amount of money received :  proceeds, receipts, income

    :  share, cut

  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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to proceed clumsily or ineffectually

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