I. adverb 1. (of two or more people or things) separated by a specified distance in time or space • two stone gateposts some thirty feet apart
• studies from as far apart as America and Iceland
‹figurative› the two sides remained far apart on the issue of cruise missiles.
2. no longer living together or close emotionally • alcoholism had driven us apart.
3. to or on one side; at a distance from the main body • Isabel stepped away from Joanna and stood apart.
4. used after a noun to indicate that someone or something has qualities which mark them out from other people or things • wrestlers were a breed apart.
5. used to indicate that one is dismissing something from consideration or moving from one tone or topic to another • Alaska apart, much of America’s energy business concentrates on producing gas
• joking apart, they do a really remarkable job.
6. so as to be shattered; into pieces • he leapt out of the car just before it was blown apart.
II. phrases apart from a. except for • the whole world seemed to be sleeping, apart from Barbara.
b. in addition to; as well as • quite apart from all the work, he had such financial problems.
III. derivatives apartness noun
– origin late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin a parte ‘at the side’.