apartness


adverb

  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?

adjective

  1. having independent or unique qualities, features, or characteristics (usually used following the noun it modifies): a class apart.

Verb Phrases

  1. take 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.
Idioms
  1. apart from, aside from; in addition to; besides: Apart from other considerations, time is a factor.

adjective, adverb (postpositive)

  1. to pieces or in pieceshe had the television apart on the floor
  2. placed or kept separately or to one side for a particular purpose, reason, etc; aside (esp in the phrases set or put apart)
  3. separate in time, place, or position; at a distancehe stood apart from the group; two points three feet apart
  4. not being taken into account; asidethese difficulties apart, the project ran smoothly
  5. individual; distinct; separatea race apart
  6. separately or independently in use, thought, or functionconsidered apart, his reasoning was faulty
  7. apart from (preposition) besides; other than
adv.

late 14c., from Old French à part “to the side,” from Latin ad “to” (see ad-) + partem, accusative of pars “a side” (see part (n.)).

In addition to the idiom beginning with apart

  • apart from

also see:

  • come apart
  • fall apart
  • pick apart
  • poles apart
  • set apart
  • take apart
  • tear apart
  • tell apart

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