Definition of “apart” - English Dictionary

“apart” in British English

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apartadverb

uk /əˈpɑːt/ us /əˈpɑːrt/

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.

More examples

  • We made a deliberate decision to live apart for a while.
  • They went for each other with their fists and had to be pulled apart.
  • They moved the goal posts wider apart.
  • My children's birthdays are only three days apart.
  • The new two houses have been built quite far apart.

apart adverb (EXCEPT)

apart from

More examples

  • She's done all the important Shakespearean roles apart from Lady Macbeth.
  • So, apart from the bad ankle, how are you feeling in general?
  • Do you want anything from the newsagent's apart from a paper?
  • It's a great job, apart from the early start in the mornings.
  • So, joking apart, do you really think you will be able to manage on your own?

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.

apartadjective [ after verb ]

uk /əˈpɑːt/ us /əˈpɑːrt/

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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  • They wrote each other letters every day when they were apart.
  • My brother and his wife have been apart for three months now.
  • They are a devoted couple who cannot bear to be apart even for one day.
  • Because Sally's husband works at sea, they are often apart.
  • Every moment we are apart, I'll be thinking of you.

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

“apart” in American English

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apartadverb

us /əˈpɑrt/

separated by a distance:

Stand with your feet wide apart and bend from the waist.
How far apart should I put my stereo speakers?
We both travel a lot, but when we’re apart we keep in touch by phone.
fig. The strike continued, and both sides remained very far apart.

(esp. of a machine) Apart can also mean separated into its parts:

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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(Definition of “apart” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)