\ə-ˈpärt \

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

As the ancient supercontinent Rodinia was breaking apart, these rocks formed in shallow waters with the aid of microbial marine organisms—a sign that the same location was warm just a bit earlier in time, Maclennan explains. Lucas Joel, Science | AAAS, "Ancient Earth froze over in a geologic instant," 7 June 2018 Jones responds and after a flurry of punches the employee ends up on the ground and the two sides are pulled apart. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "Police: Airport worker insulted, threatened Adam Jones before fight," 13 July 2018 While there are a smattering of sushi places in and around Elgin, what will set Kubo apart is the range of Japanese styles that will be on the menu, including ramen, udon and vegetarian and gluten-free options, Kris Palermo said. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Downtown Elgin sushi and sake spot set for mid-August opening," 10 July 2018 Throw in an overbearing boss, his nightmare of a 10-year-old son, and his wife who keeps it all together by breaking things apart. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Situation Comedy "The Nerd" Opens At Bradley Playhouse," 11 June 2018 They were then separated and held in custody 1,555 miles apart, according to court filings. Kartikay Mehrotra, BostonGlobe.com, "Reunited immigrant families face difficult choice: try to stay legally or leave children in the US," 14 July 2018 Living apart was difficult, but each fully supported the other’s pursuit of a professional goal. Philly.com, "Philadelphia weddings: Moriah Benjoseph and Ben Nassau," 13 July 2018 In the study, participants with long-standing Type 1 diabetes were injected with two doses of Bacillus Calmette-Guerin tuberculosis vaccine — known as BCG — four weeks apart. Carmen Heredia Rodriguez, Washington Post, "Retooled Vaccine Raises Hopes As A Lower-Cost Treatment For Type 1 Diabetes," 13 July 2018 The pork ribs went all fall-apart flabby beneath a smart, shiny bark ($13.49 a pound). Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 After years adrift within the atomized, flaky world of San Francisco tech (where two people sitting 10 feet apart message each other via their smartphones), small-town life was a revelation. Antonio García Martínez, WIRED, "How Facebook Binds, and Shatters, Communities," 11 May 2018 When the plants are two inches tall, thin to about a foot apart for bush types or three to four feet apart for vining types. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "How to Grow Cucumbers," 25 Apr. 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


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


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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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