apart

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

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

apart

adjective

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.

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Other Words from apart

Adjective

apartness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for apart

Synonyms: Adverb

asunder, piecemeal

Antonyms: Adverb

together

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Eventually, the walls would start to break apart under the onslaught of rock missiles. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "How to Storm a Castle," 11 Apr. 2019 In the course of history, mankind has been faced with a handful of debates so contentious as to risk tearing apart the fabric of society. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "It's a Sofa, Not a Couch," 9 Mar. 2019 There's only one thing that Blake does that really sets him apart: the Finger Point. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "‘The Voice’ Coach Blake Shelton Has a Quirky Habit That Everyone's Talking About," 5 Mar. 2019 And, in news that might break your heart, police’s main concern is that the historic piece is likely to be broken apart so that the jewels can be individually sold. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "A Royal Tiara Worth Millions Has Been Stolen by Thieves in Britain," 26 Nov. 2018 Come on bro, this is making light of something that a lot of humanity struggles with day in and day out, and countless families have been torn apart by it. Lily Herman, Teen Vogue, "PewDiePie Tweeted an Offensive Meme About Demi Lovato and Substance Use," 26 July 2018 The shorter missive reflects changes in GE itself, which has had three CEOs in three years, can only afford to pay a token dividend and is breaking itself apart. Inti Pacheco, WSJ, "GE CEO Letters Decoded: Shrinking Ambitions and Disappearing Buzzwords," 1 Mar. 2019 Their simulation found that the clouds break apart when CO2 levels rise above 1,200 parts per million. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Are We Really in Danger of the Clouds Disappearing? The New Study Explained.," 27 Feb. 2019 With the next march scheduled for January 19, 2019, some are asking whether the organization that held the world’s attention in the wake of Trump’s inauguration is now breaking apart. Anna North, Vox, "The Women’s March changed the American left. Now anti-Semitism allegations threaten the group’s future.," 21 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Union officials representing 3,000 teachers confirmed a strike will start Thursday after last-minute negotiations with the school district fell apart Wednesday. Jocelyn Gecker, The Seattle Times, "Oakland teachers to walk off the job Thursday," 20 Feb. 2019 Still, the easy-pull tape, clear box design, and fall-apart paper elements all felt decidedly simple to tear through—and would be welcome in any other future Xbox box. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Forward-box: Xbox Adaptive Controller’s packaging is a good Microsoft move," 25 July 2018 Weekday afternoons, guides will show you around the factory, which includes laser-cutting machines, a take-apart room where humans check that pieces are fully separated, and the wall of shame - a photo collage of naughty dogs. Melanie D.g. Kaplan, chicagotribune.com, "Boulder, Colorado, does things its own way," 12 July 2018 Although landslides blocked roads and floods tore apart homes and uprooted trees, most of the island is unscathed. Washington Post, "Kauai wants tourists to help island overcome flood damage," 28 Apr. 2018 British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigned Monday, adding to divisions over Brexit that threaten to tear apart Prime Minister Theresa May's government. Jill Lawless, The Christian Science Monitor, "Boris Johnson resigns in midst of UK Brexit crisis," 9 July 2018 Two women were robbed about a minute apart Wednesday in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago’s Near North Side, according to police. Hannah Leone, chicagotribune.com, "Two women robbed in Old Town minutes apart Wednesday," 24 May 2018 In the early and mid-19th century, abolitionists emphasized how slavery tore apart African-American families, causing revulsion among white northerners who were assuredly quite racist on the whole. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Racist Immigration Policy Is Backfiring on Trump," 25 May 2018 Protesters have stormed the border fence, set it on fire with burning tires and ripped apart pieces of the structure with wire cutters. Washington Post, "As Gaza death toll rises, Israeli tactics face scrutiny," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of apart

Adverb

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

Adjective

1680, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for apart

Adverb and Adjective

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

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More Definitions for apart

apart

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of apart

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: separated by an amount of space
: separated by an amount of time
: not together

apart

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of apart (Entry 2 of 2)

: separate or different from others

apart

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

Kids Definition of apart

1 : away from each other Our parents kept me and my sister 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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