apart: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (u-pärt'), [key]
— adv.
  1. into pieces or parts; to pieces: to take a watch apart; an old barn falling apart from decay.
  2. separately in place, time, motion, etc.: New York and Tokyo are thousands of miles apart. Our birthdays are three days apart.
  3. 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.
  4. separately or individually in consideration: each factor viewed apart from the others.
  5. aside (used with a gerund or noun): Joking apart, what do you think?
  6. aside from; in addition to; besides: Apart from other considerations, time is a factor.
  7. to take a clock apart.
    1. to disassemble:to take a clock apart.
    2. Informal.to criticize; attack:She was taken apart for her controversial stand.
    3. to subject to intense examination:He will take your feeble excuses apart.
  1. having independent or unique qualities, features, or characteristics (usually used following the noun it modifies): a class apart.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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