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"apart" in British English

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apartadverb

uk   /əˈpɑːt/  us   /-ˈpɑːrt/
  • apart adverb (SEPARATED)

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

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  • apart adverb (EXCEPT)

apart from

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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 ​badjob. Apart from you and me/You and me apart, I don't ​think there was anyone there under 30.

apartadjective [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 ​closerelationship with: When you're apart you rely so ​heavily on the ​phone.

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(Definition of apart from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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apartadverb

 us   /əˈpɑrt/
separated by a ​distance: Stand with ​yourfeetwide apart and ​bend from the ​waist. How ​far apart should I put my ​stereospeakers? We both ​travel a lot, but when we’re apart we ​keep in ​touch by ​phone. fig. The ​strikecontinued, and both ​sidesremained very ​far apart. (esp. of a ​machine) Apart can also ​mean separated into ​itsparts: He had to take the hot-water ​pump apart to ​repair it. Apart can also ​mean separated in ​time: Our two ​kids were ​born just eighteen ​months apart.
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