- 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 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 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.
- 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. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin a parte
used to show that you are now being serious after you have said something funny to destroy something; to criticize somebody very strongly