Definition of apart in English:

apart

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’
    • ‘The doors were spaced about five feet apart, but again, I didn't note that it was significant.’
    • ‘The cast-in-place piers are graceful, slender, and elegant with curving surfaces, spaced 142 feet apart.’
    • ‘Lie on your back, legs straight, and extend your arms overhead, stretching your hands and feet as far apart as possible.’
    • ‘The outcroppings were spaced eight feet apart and at seemingly random intervals fire was being shot upward from the floor.’
    • ‘The exterior of the towers was made of 12-inch steel columns spaced four feet apart.’
    • ‘With your feet spaced shoulder-width apart, raise the bar off the rack.’
    • ‘You simply use a split stance - your feet spaced about hip-width apart, one foot forward, the other behind you.’
    • ‘The cattle grates were made from rebar spaced about a foot apart and about ten feet wide.’
    • ‘The passing of our friend Schwartz is being noted in venues as far apart as The Independent and The Cleveland Plain Dealer.’
    • ‘The marchers were held back by police men and women spaced about three feet apart.’
    • ‘His strong posture with his feet spaced a little apart made him appear really large.’
    • ‘I added rolled-rim terra-cotta pots on this edge, spaced 10 feet apart.’
    • ‘Plant seeds at least 12 inches apart in rows spaced 3 feet apart.’
    • ‘Two fences (one high and one moderately high) spaced about three feet apart are recommended.’
    • ‘With the end of the consultation period today, the two sides remain as far apart as ever.’
    • ‘Three wooden fence posts marked the end of the property, spaced roughly ten feet apart, and ending up at the neighbors chain link.’
    • ‘When backing up, he keeps his feet spaced apart and his head up - something young linemen often forget to do.’
    • ‘The lights were spaced three feet apart, just enough to cast an eerie glow over the stairs.’
    • ‘She stayed in one place, her feet about as far apart as her shoulders, and really only her legs moved.’
    • ‘The hardwoods are spaced eight feet apart in rows ten feet wide, a spacing that accommodates 540 trees per acre.’
    away from each other, distant from each other
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    1. 1.1 No longer living together or close emotionally.
      ‘alcoholism had driven us apart’
      • ‘Groups such as Family Mediation Scotland are attempting to help families stay together, but apart.’
      • ‘Yet he and his wife Sarah have spent most of their life together apart, her in Cheshire and him in West London, and have considered separating in the past.’
      • ‘They graduate together, drift apart at University and begin to face the terrors of being a twentysomething at the same time.’
      • ‘Asking for things you know your partner won't want to do is likely to make you feel further apart, not closer together.’
      • ‘This foursome is public property: a rock group who have just got back together after 23 years apart.’
      • ‘I also feel for me and my fiance who will be apart for some considerable time whilst we plough through this stuff.’
      • ‘He likens it to a marriage, spiked with petulant tiffs, where affection has cooled into mutual respect and where the partners are increasingly living apart together.’
      • ‘Intimacy then becomes cold and degrading, leading the couple farther apart, not closer together.’
      • ‘Lately the two have spent more time apart than Paige considers healthy.’
      • ‘The survey confirmed that couples preferred to be poorer and happy apart than together, comfortably off and miserable.’
      • ‘Drawn together but also driven apart by their strong personalities, each has worked on solo projects or in different line-ups over the years.’
      • ‘In the past three years her symptoms have become so aggravated that they are living apart while they consider how best to handle the monthly eruptions.’
      • ‘This is where a man and woman consider themselves a couple, but live apart.’
      • ‘‘Me and my girlfriend, Julie, live closer when we live apart,’ he explains.’
      • ‘I think the only way we will survive is if we live apart, the main reason is because he is constantly blaming the fact that I am a model, for the problems I am having.’
      • ‘More than that, theirs is a great love story, an exquisitely painful romance of two self-proclaimed soulmates who can't live together yet can't live apart.’
      • ‘The Germans found, however, that living apart slows the decline in female libido, confirming the maxim ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’.’
      • ‘Many spouses live apart for considerable periods of time; often the economic situation is so desperate that they have to look for means of subsistence on their own.’
      • ‘People are brought together, not pushed apart.’
      • ‘Their lives having moved so far apart and yet so close together.’
      separately, not together, independently, on one's own
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  • 2To or on one side; at a distance from the main body.

    ‘Isabel stepped away from Joanna and stood apart’
    • ‘It was her husband who noticed the man standing apart from the little group of mourners, and went over.’
    • ‘I'm still wondering about the man in the plumed turban standing apart and detached watching sailors and vendors at work.’
    • ‘He has also been setting apart a considerable amount of time for social activities.’
    • ‘The question that can be asked is: can a certain percentage of replenishable groundwater be considered to be set apart for agriculture?’
    • ‘This element of the film works beautifully, and sets it apart from everything else of its type.’
    • ‘But on top of this he must cope with a major problem that has set him apart from his friends since he was six.’
    • ‘What stands Mew apart from most of these bands is the style in which they were recorded.’
    • ‘A side-yard garden is a world unto itself, so consider ways of setting it apart.’
    • ‘It is this new sense of collaboration that sets this year's Art Fair apart from previous years.’
    • ‘A cynic would say that this writer who claimed to stand alone and apart was actually quite prepared to lose himself in the herd.’
    to one side, aside, to the side
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    1. 2.1 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’
      • ‘She remarked that one of the things that sets Tullow Show apart was the quality of the trade stands it attracts.’
      • ‘What marks this transaction apart is that here we are dealing with 100 per cent ownership.’
      • ‘Portlanders, you understand, are a breed apart.’
      • ‘Without question these women constitute a breed apart.’
      • ‘Many of us also have other features that mark us apart.’
      • ‘However much fans call referees' eyesight into question, the men in black won't waver because, according to new research, referees are simply a breed apart.’
      • ‘Generally speaking, this was the only time the brethren met, for what most marked the Carthusians apart was that they lived not communally but in isolation, each in his own cell.’
      • ‘But the mosaic which marks the villa apart is located between the baths and the patio.’
      • ‘What sets Film and Feelings apart is the special quality of its responsiveness.’
      • ‘He shot four superb points but it was his overall winning, carrying of and running off the ball and passing that marked him apart.’
      • ‘It's said one quality that sets Rove apart is his ability to see the whole playing field in politics.’
      • ‘‘What sets us apart is the quality of our collection,’ says Rochelle Keene, chief curator of the gallery.’
      • ‘One of the qualities that sets him apart is that he probably believes he's the best player on the floor.’
      • ‘I was not exactly a Casanova but I did enough to keep my engine ticking over and none of the girls I had known could match up to Sarah - she had a special quality that set her apart.’
      • ‘But what really sets the 80s apart was the quality of teen flicks.’
      • ‘Setting the outlaw apart and marking him as truly heroic, oral traditions in particular ascribe his continued success to supernatural protection.’
      • ‘In an act of defiance he cut of his Coleta (Pigtail worn by bullfighters) that marked them apart.’
      • ‘It is only their subject matter that is different and marks them apart.’
      • ‘Regular callers to these programmes are a breed apart.’
      • ‘What really sets them apart is the quality of the participants and the detail and interest of the material.’
    2. 2.2 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’
      • ‘Okay okay, jokes apart, this is one movie I am really looking forward to.’
      • ‘Bonetti's dismissal and Artero's outstanding strike effort apart, the second period was almost subdued compared to the first 45 minutes.’
      • ‘Leadership qualities apart, it is his positive view of the life which has helped him maintain his cool all along and this seems to be keeping him hale and hearty.’
      • ‘Jokes apart, Bollywood is also the single largest showcase of ethnic art and culture.’
      • ‘With a wife and two grown up daughters who must be concerned at the level of vitriol thrown at their breadwinner, has he ever considered packing it all in, his lucrative renumeration apart?’
      • ‘Though joking apart and with an eye on why we admire the Austin Ambassador so damn much, that crude range of engines were all service friendly and able to hit a hundred thousand miles with the right amount of care.’
      • ‘Translation skills apart, what qualities do you need to be an effective sign-singer?’
      • ‘Robertstown for their part will be disappointed by a performance in which centre-back Mark Kelly apart they had few stars.’
      • ‘Jokes apart, I think many need to have a clear understanding of the demographics of the Muslim world.’
      • ‘All jokes apart, this is not is not meant to disrespect them in any which way.’
      • ‘Their qualifications, ideals and fresh appeal apart, the new breed has been working hard to succeed.’
      • ‘The quality of the competition apart, what let things down was the abysmal and partisan television coverage.’
      • ‘It's also a remarkably sexy record, considering that - pin-up singer apart - the band still look like brickies.’
      • ‘Considerations of the kinetic theory apart, Perrin was able to establish that the density of Brownian particles obeys the gas laws.’
      • ‘Jokes apart, she's also been a convincing character actress.’
      • ‘But jokes apart I have been wanting to do something beyond photography.’
      • ‘Human invasion apart, the quality of this reserve has deteriorated over the years.’
      • ‘Financial considerations apart, was he worth all that palaver?’
      • ‘Jokes apart, the success of this story depends on all of you.’
  • 3So as to be shattered; into pieces.

    ‘he leapt out of the car just before it was blown apart’
    • ‘Amy sighed and broke apart the pieces, handing them out.’
    • ‘I saw bits and pieces of it breaking apart and falling faster.’
    • ‘The blast, which occurred at around 11.40 am, ripped apart piece of the pavement, throwing concrete and other debris on the roadway.’
    • ‘It was a 3-inch-long tube about the size of a lipstick, which came apart in two pieces.’
    • ‘It is pale yellow, and arrives molded in hard cakes that slice apart into gelatinous pieces.’
    • ‘I was going to take her words apart piece by piece.’
    • ‘As soon as he walks away, an explosion blasts the elevator doors apart.’
    • ‘In addition, I'd hear noises resembling someone tugging/prying apart pieces of wood.’
    • ‘And then you start tearing it apart in bits and pieces and start writing notes to yourself, remember in scene so and so you're going to do so and so, so set it up now.’
    • ‘The best way to apply multiple colors is to take the piece apart.’
    • ‘She'd learned that lesson a long time ago, even though it had involved taking apart pieces of the ship and ruining them beyond repair.’
    • ‘However, chromosome pairs would sometimes break apart and exchange pieces - a process known as crossing over.’
    • ‘This will be done by taking the tower apart piece by piece and removing the rubble in secure containers.’
    • ‘In the workshop a damaged chest by Hericourt, from 1780, with its warped veneer has been taken apart piece by piece and completely reconstructed.’
    • ‘Furniture had been torn apart, and shattered glass covered the floor.’
    • ‘And in innumerable other minutes of the 90, they were carved apart by a Kilmarnock team who spurned so many opportunities it was barely credible.’
    • ‘Desperate to avoid forking out thousands, Chris planned to take the plane apart and transport the pieces in 12 lorries to Tameside.’
    • ‘Pieces are quickly torn apart in search of the coin which brings good luck for the rest of the year’
    • ‘It was a four-inch bullet that entered her body and broke apart.’
    • ‘So it's a good thing the meteor blew apart into small pieces in the upper atmosphere, rather than just above the ground.’
    to pieces, to bits, in pieces
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Phrases

  • apart from

    • 1Except for.

      ‘the whole world seemed to be sleeping, apart from Barbara’
      • ‘Women feature little in the ranks of royal appointees, apart from royalty themselves.’
      • ‘Sewell had a shot well saved by the keeper but, apart from this, everything was high and wide.’
      • ‘According to these diagnoses the patient seems quite normal apart from having mad ideas.’
      • ‘It went quite well, apart from the bit at the beginning where they didn't switch on my microphone.’
      • ‘However, they have games in hand on every team in the division, apart from Congleton Town.’
      • ‘Tim is a good laugh and Mani, well, what can I say about him apart from he's a complete and utter star.’
      • ‘It's demand that drives sales and we can't push that, apart from in our own shops.’
      • ‘Now, it's bread and water until a club come forward to offer me stuff apart from writing articles.’
      • ‘That is rank injustice to a man who played his heart out apart from that one error.’
      • ‘He fails to field balls anymore and, apart from his frees, is only a shadow of what he was.’
      • ‘So, apart from extra long trousers, what exactly does Crouch bring to the England team?’
      • ‘We went to hospital to get checked out but apart from bruises we were fine.’
      • ‘He had been smoking since he was 12, apart from a few years when he managed to stop while in the Army.’
      • ‘The attack was not severe, and he was quite well apart from the slight cough and a runny nose.’
      • ‘No one could get it to sound quite so annoyed and impatient apart from her.’
      • ‘Sadly, apart from punters there is a dearth of Scottish presence at Cheltenham this week.’
      • ‘This is one of the reasons I don't use public transport any more, apart from aeroplanes.’
      • ‘The village was once a prosperous town but now has few shops, apart from those supported by tourism.’
      • ‘The Herald recorded that it was his first visit to England apart from a trip in April to look over his new estate.’
      • ‘The factory was on the bank of a river and the soldiers came down to surround the whole building apart from the back.’
      except for, but for, aside from, with the exception of, excepting, excluding, not including, not counting, disregarding, save, bar, barring, besides, other than
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    • 2In addition to; as well as.

      ‘quite apart from all the work, he had such financial problems’
      • ‘Quite apart from any question of reasonableness, it is plain that that is not this case.’
      • ‘His support has helped me through a lot of other things apart from my loss.’
      • ‘Of course these are all busy people and many have important jobs that they do apart from sitting on this board.’
      • ‘Quite apart from the explicitness, I do not wish my children to grow up to be bores.’
      • ‘One admits that apart from his papers, his briefcase also contains a pair of swimming trunks.’
      • ‘The fried rice was covered in too much oil for my taste and apart from that it was quite boring.’
      • ‘Quite apart from the aforementioned lovely inhabitants, the city itself is great.’
      • ‘Quite apart from the fact that I was living in a country where it was illegal anyway.’
      • ‘There haven't been many transfers taking place apart from those involving the big three.’
      • ‘The other aspects of life at the Yorkshire Post, apart from news, are featured in the film too.’
      • ‘So, apart from the mind-numbing tedium of it all, what was wrong and what was the solution?’
      • ‘For it is scientific fact that women are different, quite apart from the obvious.’
      • ‘Quite apart from helping to make your home a nicer place to live, it also makes things easier to find.’
      • ‘I have substantial loans, apart from my home loan, a large chunk of which is credit card debt.’
      • ‘So that had a massive impact, quite apart from the whole series of logistical impacts as well.’
      • ‘Quite apart from anything else they outsource the work to the private agencies anyway.’
      • ‘Quite apart from the problem of lighting it's a subject with a great deal of detail.’
      • ‘Quite apart from being babysat by Lisa and Paul, Rebecca had a very eventful weekend.’
      • ‘I am very disturbed by all of this for two reasons quite apart from that of the cost.’
      besides, as well as, on top of, along with, plus, over and above
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

apart

/əˈpɑːt/