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Definition of apart

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : at a little distance tried to keep apart from the family squabbles
b : away from one another in space or time towns 20 miles apart
2a : as a separate unit : independently Viewed apart, his arguments were unsound.
b : so as to separate one from another I found it hard to tell the twins apart.
3 : excluded from consideration : aside A few blemishes apart, the novel is excellent.
4 : in or into two or more parts : to pieces coming apart at the seams — see also take apart



Definition of apart (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : separate, isolated Those athletes are a breed apart.
2 : holding different opinions : divided The councilors are still apart.

Other Words from apart


apartness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for apart

Synonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Adverb

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Examples of apart in a Sentence

Adverb He stood with his feet planted far apart. He stood apart while the other members of the team celebrated. Their children were born two years apart. My wife and I are unhappy when we're apart. They separated and have been living apart for the past year.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The braided ropes come apart at the seams as the strands of gluten stretch and tear, and the steam still inside the bread rises above the table like an offering. Benjamin, Longreads, 20 May 2022 The primary series of Moderna’s vaccine is given in two doses, four weeks apart. Peter Loftus, WSJ, 19 May 2022 While the adults are tearing each other apart over the funeral, Salomé is haunted by the spirit of the one who was considered a witch. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 18 May 2022 While Mathis acknowledges the influence of many professional and personal buddies throughout his career, one always stands apart. Nick Thomas, Hartford Courant, 18 May 2022 At some point a candidate will run on a platform of bringing us together instead of ripping us apart. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, 18 May 2022 To assemble this set, find a space between two large trees—ideally 22 to 44 feet apart—so every part can be properly spaced out. Kylee Mcguigan, Popular Mechanics, 18 May 2022 The lovers run away, but circumstances will force them apart. Veronica Villafañe, Forbes, 17 May 2022 Just a few hours apart, the twin sisters each gave birth to their firstborn sons down the hall from one another at the Kaiser Permanente hospital in Anaheim, Calif. Sydney Page, Washington Post, 17 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The twister stripped part of the roof off the Los Angeles Convention Center before roaring south along Broadway, ripping apart houses, smashing brick storefronts and overturning cars. Gregory Yeestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2022 Geely’s timely recapitalization of the Swedish automaker funded the can’t-tell-’em-apart product strategy that today brings us the fetching Volvo C40 Recharge, an all-electric compact crossover hatchback. Dan Neil, WSJ, 22 Apr. 2022 Damian was nice-looking—with wiry dark hair and wide-apart brown eyes flecked with gold—but characterless to the point of oddity. Tessa Hadley, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2022 That means knowing how many doses people need, how far apart shots should be spaced and whether the vaccine should use proteins, RNA (like Pfizer’s and Moderna’s shots), or some other approach to spark immunity. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Oct. 2021 Search and rescue crews worked into Wednesday morning in the New Orleans area after a large tornado struck parts of the city and the surrounding suburbs, killing at least one person and tearing apart homes, officials said. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, 23 Mar. 2022 Without Ball and Caruso on the perimeter, opposing ball handlers are having an easier time picking apart Chicago’s defense to create easy looks in the paint and from beyond the arc. Jason Patt, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 For chuckles, dog and human like to watch videos (taken with the beast’s body cam) of Lulu ripping apart enemy combatants. Kyle Smith, National Review, 18 Feb. 2022 In one of the first moves, says Bidwell, airports across North America began spotting their floor with now-ubiquitous stickers that illustrate how far apart people ought to stand. Fortune, 21 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of apart


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1680, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for apart


Middle English, from Anglo-French a part, literally, to one side


derivative of apart entry 1

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“Apart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apart. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for apart


\ ə-ˈpärt How to pronounce apart (audio) \

Kids Definition of apart

1 : away from each other I kept the two cats apart.
2 : separated by an amount of time The girls were born two years apart.
3 : into parts : to pieces He took the clock apart.
4 : one from another I can't tell the twins apart.
5 : as something separated : separately The price was considered apart from other points.

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