take apart

took apart; taken apart; taking apart; takes apart

Definition of take apart

transitive verb

1 : 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
2 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

First Known Use of take apart

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 20 Oct. 2021.

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