apart

adverb
\ 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

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

When ready, the meat will have shrunk back from the ends of the bones by about ½ inch and the ribs will be tender enough to pull apart with your fingers. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Ribs 101: Pitmasters offer advice on cooking ribs," 1 July 2018 Children were often sorted by country, gender and age, to keep older and younger ones apart. Author: Maria Sacchetti, Kevin Sieff, Marc Fisher, Anchorage Daily News, "Separated migrant children are all over the country," 25 June 2018 Sripol found that his darts were starting to break apart after charging for about ten seconds and blasted in excess of 100 mph. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Nerf Gun Powered by Hydrogen Is So Powerful It Rips Darts Apart," 6 Dec. 2018 The film’s account of history is begging to be picked apart by those who study the era. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The 9 Oscar contenders coming out in December," 3 Dec. 2018 Microsoft was once the dominant force in tech, and its use of that power led the U.S. to sue to break it apart. Jay Greene, WSJ, "How Microsoft Quietly Became the World’s Most Valuable Company," 1 Dec. 2018 Barba's method of processing agave is what would set Suerte apart. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Two-Ton Stone That's Made Tequila for Centuries," 28 Nov. 2018 Her versatility, relevance, timelessness, and modernity are what set her apart. Kate Klausner, Vogue, "The Beat Goes On: Patti Hansen and Keith Richards Celebrate the Release of Patti Hansen: A Portrait," 14 Nov. 2018 Sugarfina tries to set itself apart through its packaging, too. Ronald D. White, latimes.com, "She left toyland for candyland, finding a sweet spot with Sugarfina," 24 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 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

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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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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 \

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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