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Definition of apart adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    apart

     adverb
    adverb
    BrE BrE//əˈpɑːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈpɑːrt//
     
     
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  1. 1  separated by a distance, of space or time The two houses stood 500 metres apart. Their birthdays are only three days apart. (figurative) The two sides in the talks are still a long way apart (= are far from reaching an agreement).
  2. 2  not together; separate or separately We're living apart now. Over the years, Rosie and I had drifted apart. She keeps herself apart from other people. I can't tell the twins apart (= see the difference between them).
  3. 3  into pieces The whole thing just came apart in my hands. We had to take the engine apart. When his wife died, his world fell apart.
  4. 4used to say that somebody/something is not included in what you are talking about Victoria apart, not one of them seems suitable for the job.
  5. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin a parte ‘at the side’.Idioms to be widely separated; to have no interests that you share Her own friends were poles apart from his. to be completely different in attitudes, opinions, etc.
    joking apart (British English), joking aside (British English, North American English)
     
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    used to show that you are now being serious after you have said something funny
    rip somebody/something apart/to shreds/to bits, etc.
     
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    to destroy something; to criticize somebody very strongly
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: apart