\ 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



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


apartness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for apart

Synonyms: Adverb

asunder, piecemeal

Antonyms: Adverb


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Examples of apart in a Sentence


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

To say that few societies have fallen apart recently is no guarantee of a tranquil future. Daniel Immerwahr, The New Republic, "All Over the Map," 11 June 2019 Talks fell apart last month, with Trump accusing China of reneging on a trade deal and China insisting the United States was not negotiating in good faith. BostonGlobe.com, "Stories you may have missed from the world of business," 10 June 2019 After finishing as runners-up in the 2018 Copa America, things have completely fallen apart for Chile. SI.com, "Women's World Cup - Matchday 5 Preview: How to Watch, Live Stream, Team News & More," 9 June 2019 When Cole Henry exited the game after two innings for unknown reasons, LSU was at risk of having the weekend fall apart. Brody Miller, nola.com, "LSU blows lead, gives away opportunities in super regional loss to Florida State," 8 June 2019 What sets it apart is the cultural heights to which the game’s mythologising has lifted it. The Economist, "Baseball and exceptionalism," 8 June 2019 There are a number of technical, methodological assumptions that the two research groups make that set them apart a bit. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "How many Americans live on $2 a day? The biggest debate in poverty research, explained.," 5 June 2019 Dark accents for the grille and rear fascia combine with quad exhaust tips and painted brake calipers to set the V apart visually. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "The Cadillac CT5-V Is Here with 355 HP, but We're Still Waiting for the Real V Model," 30 May 2019 What are some sort of things, in your mind, that set this hotel apart? Spencer Bailey, Town & Country, "Ian Schrager on His Latest Luxury Hotel: "Why Not Times Square?"," 16 Apr. 2019

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


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


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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The first known use of apart was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of apart

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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

: separate or different from others


\ 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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