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apart

adverb uk   /əˈpɑːt/ us    /-ˈpɑːrt/

apart adverb (SEPARATED)

B1 separated by a distance or by time: Stand with your feet wide apart. How far apart should the speakers be? We were asked to stand in two lines three metres apart. The two lines of children moved slowly apart. The garage, large enough for two cars, is set apart from (= not joined to) the house. I forget the exact age difference between Mark and his brother - they're two or three years apart. B2 into smaller pieces: My jacket is so old it's falling apart. I took the motor apart (= separated it into pieces) to see how it worked.

apart adverb (EXCEPT)

apart from B1 except for or not considering: He works until nine o'clock every evening, and that's quite apart from the work he does over the weekend. Apart from the salary/Salary apart, it's not a bad job. Apart from you and me/You and me apart, I don't think there was anyone there under 30.

apart

adjective [after verb] uk   /əˈpɑːt/ us    /-ˈpɑːrt/
B2 living or staying in a different place from the person that you are married to or have a close relationship with: When you're apart you rely so heavily on the phone.
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