apart

1 of 2

adverb

1
a
: 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
2
a
: 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
see also take apart

apart

2 of 2

adjective

1
: separate, isolated
Those athletes are a breed apart.
2
: holding different opinions : divided
The councilors are still apart.
apartness noun

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adverb
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Adjective
Crashes hit with the scary impact of a Category 4 hurricane, ripping apart portfolios that people depend on to fund retirements and college educations. Larry Light, Fortune, 1 Dec. 2021 Other processes involve splitting apart water molecules using electricity, which is known as electrolysis. Wired, 10 Aug. 2022 Bright was a powerhouse unlike any the NCAA had seen, chewing up record yardage on the ground and plucking apart defenses with his quick, tricky sidearm passes. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 23 July 2022 Gun violence continues to tear apart communities and devastate lives like mine every single day. Kathy Pisabaj, CNN, 11 Oct. 2022 Ian slammed coastal South Carolina as a hurricane on Friday, ripping apart piers and flooding streets after the ferocious storm caused catastrophic damage in Florida. Brian Dakss, CBS News, 1 Oct. 2022 This process will break apart debris in the bathroom sink drain and eliminate odors. Megan Boettcher, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Sep. 2022 QAnon and other conspiracy theories have torn apart families across America and occasionally led to violence. David K. Li, NBC News, 14 Sep. 2022 The show is kind of blowing apart constraints and [not] conforming to gender stereotypes. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, 12 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adverb

Middle English, from Anglo-French a part, literally, to one side

Adjective

derivative of apart entry 1

First Known Use

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1680, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of apart was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Apart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apart. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

apart 1 of 2

adverb

1
: away from each other
five miles apart
2
: as something separate
viewed apart from the other
3
: in or into two or more parts
took the clock apart
4
: one from another
can't tell the twins apart

apart

2 of 2

adjective

: separate from others
in a place apart
apartness noun

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