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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.

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Last year, a blockbuster bid to buy TikTok, the viral social network, turned into a political soap opera and fell apart. New York Times, "Microsoft to Buy Nuance for $16 Billion to Focus on Health Care Tech," 12 Apr. 2021 As economic changes made living on next to nothing more difficult and as some early relationships broke up, many of the young people who had coupled up fell apart. Russell Flannery, Forbes, "What Happened To America’s Communes?," 12 Apr. 2021 Impeded by an outright deluge of rain and slippery field conditions, the offense often fell apart in midfield. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, "3 things we learned from Orlando Pride NWSL opener against Racing Louisville," 11 Apr. 2021 Then there was Justin Thomas, who totally fell apart with a triple-bogey 8 at the 13th that sent him tumbling to a 75. Paul Newberry, ajc, "On a suddenly soggy day at Augusta, some guys fail to adjust," 11 Apr. 2021 Murkowski’s favorability with grassroots conservatives fell apart over the years since her father appointed her to his Senate seat following his resignation from the upper chamber in December 2002 to become governor of the state. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "Murkowski primary challenger says senator hurt Alaska by helping Biden win," 10 Apr. 2021 The pact included selling the Baltimore Sun to a charity formed by Bainum, but that deal later fell apart and Bainum decided to try to acquire all of Tribune instead. Los Angeles Times, "Tribune says new $681-million proposal likely to top Alden’s," 5 Apr. 2021 But once WeWork actually attempted an IPO, everything fell apart. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, "The Saga Of Adam Neumann & WeWork, Explained As Simply As Humanly Possible," 2 Apr. 2021 In 2019, New York approved a law that decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana after the bid to legalize recreational marijuana fell apart. David Robinson, USA TODAY, "New York state lawmakers vote to legalize recreational marijuana; $350 million in annual tax revenue expected," 31 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective With clinical precision, these accounts pick apart transformations, poking a hole in the illusion of perfection and thriving on the schadenfreude that results. Alex Peters, Vogue, "Is Our Cultural Obsession With Celebrity Transformations Ruining Our Self-Esteem?," 31 Mar. 2021 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance on Friday about how far apart children ought to be while in school. Scott Gottlieb, WSJ, "Where’s the Science Behind CDC’s 6-Foot Social-Distance Decree?," 21 Mar. 2021 Signet also wants to trim costs throughout its supply chain, for example by no longer splitting apart product sets, such as wedding bands and diamond solitaire rings. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, "Signet Jewelers Funds Online Sales Push With Cost Savings, Reduced Store Hours," 19 Mar. 2021 The powerful inundation of seawater tore apart coastal towns and villages, carrying ships inland as thousands of homes were flattened, then washed tons of debris and vehicles back out to sea. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, "10 Years Since the Great East Japan Earthquake," 10 Mar. 2021 The Netflix miniseries—starring Simona Brown, Eve Hewson, and Tom Bateman, about an affair gone terribly, terribly wrong (and supernatural)—has torn the internet apart thanks to its wacky, unbelievable, and completely unexpected ending. Neha Prakash, Marie Claire, "How People Reacted to That 'Behind Her Eyes' Ending," 19 Feb. 2021 Only three starters remain from the group that tore apart record books en route to a national championship last season. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, "Inside the NFL, college experience Bill O’Brien brings to Alabama," 12 Feb. 2021 The case has required judges, attorneys, Native American tribes and the Alaska corporations to pick apart language of the act, congressional intent and a 1975 federal law meant to strengthen tribes’ ability to govern themselves. Felicia Fonseca, The Arizona Republic, "US Supreme Court to hear case on COVID-19 relief funds for tribes," 13 Jan. 2021 The Biden administration will announce on Tuesday plans to identify and reunite hundreds of families who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border by the Trump administration and remain apart years later. Kevin Sieff, Anchorage Daily News, "Biden to begin efforts to reunite migrant families separated by Trump administration," 2 Feb. 2021

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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


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

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“Apart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apart. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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


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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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