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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



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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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 But the deal fell apart amid a boycott by Palestinian leaders who wanted to precondition the aid on a two-state plan. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "Kushner pitching aid to Central America to curb border migration," 19 Feb. 2020 If nobody were to show up to vote on Election Day, the superstructure of the country would fall apart. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "Politics Without Politicians," 19 Feb. 2020 The deal fell apart in 2004, with the land sitting in limbo as the matter made its way through the courts. John Benson, cleveland, "Parma Heights City Council passes six-month Pearl Road development moratorium," 17 Feb. 2020 However, a previous attempt to reach an agreement fell apart at the 11th hour. NBC News, "U.S. and Taliban agree to 7-day reduction in violence, U.S. official says," 14 Feb. 2020 Negotiations progressed from a sixth-rounder to a first before talks fell apart. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "Is Dak Prescott among the top quarterbacks in Cowboys history? Yes or no, there’s little reason to quit on him now.," 14 Feb. 2020 The Wings grabbed the lead on the New Jersey Devils on Thursday at Prudential Center only to fall apart in the third period. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Red Wings allow 4 goals in 4 minutes, lose 4-1 to Devils with Steve Yzerman watching," 14 Feb. 2020 An overload of this hormone makes the males’ bodies literally start falling apart. Matt Simon, Wired, "This Marsupial Dies After Marathon Mating. Now It's Got Bigger Worries," 12 Feb. 2020 Japan’s elaborate Go training system fell apart when the Tokugawa shogunate collapsed in 1868, and the game lost popularity in the ensuing decades. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Best Board Games of the Ancient World," 6 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented the death of 1,964 civilians there over the last year, as daily bombing runs have blown apart hospitals, schools, and markets. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "Violence In Syria Stokes Fears Of A Coming ‘Bloodbath.’ Will Trump Act?," 21 Feb. 2020 The game gained worldwide popularity with patrons who would peel and pick apart game piece tabs to reveal their prizes. Hannah Evans, Dallas News, "Scammer in 1995 McDonald’s Monopoly game used anonymous Dallas letter to send prize to St. Jude hospital," 5 Feb. 2020 This pull-apart pigs in a blanket recipe, using cocktail franks and crescent roll dough, takes your childhood favorite to the next level, and is best served with plenty of Dijon mustard. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Easy Pigs in a Blanket," 10 Jan. 2020 Also, the cold butter forms large flakes in dough, creating clusters of steam that lead to the pull-apart quality of biscuits. Bon Appétit, "Literally Everything Is Better With Butter," 4 Oct. 2019 Readers online picked apart word choices and the subtlest turns of phrase to try to figure out who wrote it. Jason Silverstein, CBS News, "The biggest unsolved mysteries of 2018," 24 Dec. 2018 Two men were shot and killed an hour apart Wednesday night in Southeast Washington, according to D.C. police. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Two men fatally shot an hour apart in same Southeast D.C. neighborhood," 15 Aug. 2019 Severe storm surges covered cabanas and ripped apart docks in Queens Cove on Grand Bahama, one of the government’s targeted evacuation zones. Author: Jasper Ward, Anthony Faiola, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Bahamas is presently at war’: Slow-moving Dorian wreaks devastation across island nation," 2 Sep. 2019 For the last few days, my social-media feeds—which, most of the time, read like bleak, polyphonic litanies of the falling-apart world—have been overwhelmed instead by discourse about the sandwich. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "The Popeyes Chicken Sandwich Is Here to Save America," 20 Aug. 2019

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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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23 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Apart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apart. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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