take apart


took apart; taken apart; taking apart; takes apart

transitive verb

: to disconnect the pieces of (something) : disassemble
take a machine apart
While the giant engines at the Waterworks were being taken apart piece by piece and examined for damage, temporary sources of power were sought.Jim Murphy
informal : to treat (someone or something) roughly or harshly : to tear into
The voice in his head that normally took him apart was cutting him some slack. Every now and then, it actually gave him some credit.David Corbett

Examples of take apart in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Parents will like that when playtime is over, the setup can be taken apart and nested together. Heather Balogh Rochfort, Parents, 18 May 2024 The station reports that officers started moving in and taking apart the encampment around 4:20 a.m. Louis Casiano, Fox News, 10 May 2024 Unfortunately, the demand for mechanics who can take apart the battery pack and repair a dead cell has vastly outstripped supply. Bradley Brownell / Jalopnik, Quartz, 1 May 2024 Look for feeders that are easy to put together and take apart, so cleaning is simple. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Apr. 2024 Loose parts are natural or synthetic materials, such as rocks or digging tools, that can be moved, combined, taken apart or put back together in multiple ways, encouraging open-ended learning. Lina Ruiz, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 5 Apr. 2024 Lifestyle For Subscribers 17 groovy shops to add to your Palm Springs bucket list Feb. 8, 2023 In 2004, the home was taken apart once again following the dissolution of the Islip campus. Shane Reiner-Roth, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2024 Like many baby cups, these need to be thoroughly taken apart to clean to prevent mold and bacteria growth in all of its nooks and crannies. Lauren Wellbank, Parents, 20 Mar. 2024 Reminiscent of modern-day flatpack furniture, it was taken apart before being placed within the grave. Zara Khan, CNN, 5 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1744, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of take apart was in 1744

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“Take apart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20apart. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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