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apart adj
1 remote and separate physically or socially; "existed over the centuries as a world apart"; "preserved because they inhabited a place apart"- W.H.Hudson; "tiny isolated villages remote from centers of civilization"; "an obscure village" [syn: apart(p), isolated, obscure]
2 not living together as man and wife; "decided to live apart"; "maintaining separate households"; "they are separated" [syn: apart(p), separate, separated]
3 having characteristics not shared by others; "scientists felt they were a group apart"- Vannever Bush [syn: apart(p)] adv
1 separated or at a distance in place or position or time; "These towns are many miles apart"; "stood with his legs apart"; "born two years apart"
2 not taken into account or excluded from consideration; "these problems apart, the country is doing well"; "all joking aside, I think you're crazy" [syn: aside]
3 away from another or others; "they grew apart over the years"; "kept apart from the group out of shyness"; "decided to live apart"
4 placed or kept separate and distinct as for a purpose; "had a feeling of being set apart"; "quality sets it apart"; "a day set aside for relaxing" [syn: aside]
5 one from the other; "people can't tell the twins apart"
6 into parts or pieces; "he took his father's watch apart"; "split apart"; "torn asunder" [syn: asunder]

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English

Etymology

From à part; ( ad) + part part. See part.

Pronunciation

  • a RP /əˈpɑː(ɹ)t/ /@"pa:(r)t/
  • a WEAE /ʌˈpəɹt/

Adverb

  1. Separately, in regard to space or company; in a state of separation as to place; aside.
    • Milton
      Others apart sat on a hill retired.
    • Ps. iv. 3.
      The Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself.
  2. In a state of separation, of exclusion, or of distinction, as to purpose, use, or character, or as a matter of thought; separately; independently; as, consider the two propositions apart.
  3. Aside; away.
    • Jas. i. 21.
      Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness.
    • Keble
      Let Pleasure go, put Care apart.
  4. In two or more parts; asunder; to piece; as, to take a piece of machinery apart.

Derived terms

Translations

Separately, in regard to space or company; in a state of separation as to place; aside
In a state of separation, of exclusion, or of distinction, as to purpose, use, or character, or as a matter of thought; separately
Aside; away
In two or more parts; asunder; to piece; as, to take a piece of machinery apart

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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