apart /əˈpɑːt/


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


– origin late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin a parte ‘at the side’.

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