- into pieces or parts; to pieces: to take a watch apart; an old barn falling apart from decay.
- separately in place, time, motion, etc.: New York and Tokyo are thousands of miles apart. Our birthdays are three days apart.
- to or at one side, with respect to place, purpose, or function: to put money apart for education; to keep apart from the group out of pride.
- separately or individually in consideration: each factor viewed apart from the others.
- aside (used with a gerund or noun): Joking apart, what do you think?
- having independent or unique qualities, features, or characteristics (usually used following the noun it modifies): a class apart.
- take apart,
- to disassemble: to take a clock apart.
- Informal.to criticize; attack: She was taken apart for her controversial stand.
- to subject to intense examination: He will take your feeble excuses apart.
- apart from, aside from; in addition to; besides: Apart from other considerations, time is a factor.
adjective, adverb (postpositive)
- to pieces or in pieceshe had the television apart on the floor
- placed or kept separately or to one side for a particular purpose, reason, etc; aside (esp in the phrases set or put apart)
- separate in time, place, or position; at a distancehe stood apart from the group; two points three feet apart
- not being taken into account; asidethese difficulties apart, the project ran smoothly
- individual; distinct; separatea race apart
- separately or independently in use, thought, or functionconsidered apart, his reasoning was faulty
- apart from (preposition) besides; other than
late 14c., from Old French à part “to the side,” from Latin ad “to” (see ) + partem, accusative of pars “a side” (see (n.)).
Also, aside from. Besides, except for. For example, Apart from jogging occasionally in the park, she gets no exercise, or Aside from Sunday dinner with his parents they have not gone out for months. The first term dates from the early 1600s, the variant from the early 1800s.
In addition to the idiom beginning with apart
- apart from
- come apart
- fall apart
- pick apart
- poles apart
- set apart
- take apart
- tear apart
- tell apart