\ 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

Harris has set herself apart on culturally salient issues like immigration and gun control with far-reaching legislative proposals and executive actions to tackle two high priorities for Democratic voters. Bloomberg News, The Mercury News, "Why Kamala Harris hasn’t caught fire in the Democratic 2020 race," 3 Sep. 2019 Beyond its status as an original property, Carnival Row sets itself apart by its style. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "Carnival Row cast on bringing the fantasy world to life: 'It's so easy to get lost in'," 30 Aug. 2019 What also sets O’Rourke apart is his age, a relatively young 46, and kinetic energy. Los Angeles Times, "Beto O’Rourke has chucked the presidential playbook. Will it save his campaign?," 29 Aug. 2019 While Tiger’s Wife drew from Obreht’s childhood in the former Yugoslavia, Inland is set a world apart and a century earlier. Ryan Chapman, Longreads, "‘Nobody in This Book Is Going to Catch a Break’: Téa Obreht on “Inland”," 28 Aug. 2019 Tarek’s deep understanding of this landscape combined with a strong passion for music sets him apart. Christian Saralegui, Billboard, "Executive Turntable: Moves at RCA, AXS, Columbia, Warner Records & More," 23 Aug. 2019 But the park system’s extensive holdings aren’t the only reason for its success: Its impressive community involvement also sets it apart. National Geographic, "Visit America’s newest adventure capital," 22 Aug. 2019 In Alaska, the distance between campuses and the remoteness of some locations sets UA apart, said David Tandberg, vice president for policy research and strategic initiatives at the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "UA regents voted to move toward consolidating the university system. What happens now?," 3 Aug. 2019 The level of ambition and smarts and the wonderful writing in Years and Years sets it apart, and there are emotionally touching, superb performances throughout. Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: HBO's 'Years and Years' Is Unsettling, But Needs to Be Seen," 31 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 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

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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


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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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