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a. At a distance in place, position, or time: railings spaced two feet apart; born three years apart.
b. Away from another or others: grew apart over the years; decided to live apart.
2. In or into parts or pieces: split apart.
3. One from another: I can't tell the twins apart.
4. Aside or in reserve, as for a separate use or purpose: funds set apart for the project.
5. As a distinct item or entity: Quality sets it apart.
Set apart; isolated. Used after a noun or in the predicate: a people who have existed over the centuries as a world apart.
Being excepted or excluded from consideration: All joking apart, I think you're wrong.

[Middle English, from Old French a part : a, to (from Latin ad; see ad-) + part, side (from Latin pars, part-; see part).]

a·part′ness n.


adj, adv (postpositive)
1. to pieces or in pieces: he had the television apart on the floor.
2. placed or kept separately or to one side for a particular purpose, reason, etc; aside (esp in the phrases set or put apart)
3. separate in time, place, or position; at a distance: he stood apart from the group; two points three feet apart.
4. not being taken into account; aside: these difficulties apart, the project ran smoothly.
5. individual; distinct; separate: a race apart.
6. separately or independently in use, thought, or function: considered apart, his reasoning was faulty.
7. apart from (preposition) besides; other than
[C14: from Old French a part at (the) side]



1. into pieces or parts; to pieces: to take a watch apart; falling apart from decay.
2. separated or away from in place, time, or motion: The cities are thousands of miles apart.
3. to or at one side, with respect to place, purpose, or function: to keep apart from the group; space set apart for storage.
4. separately or individually in consideration: each factor viewed apart from the others.
5. so as to distinguish one from another: I can't tell the sisters apart.
6. aside (used with a gerund or noun): Joking apart, what do you think?
7. having independent or unique characteristics (usu. used following a noun): a class apart.
apart from, aside from; besides.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Old French a part to one side. See a-5, part]
a•part′ness, n.


1. 'apart'

If two people are apart, they are not in each other's company.

They could not bear to be apart.

Be Careful!
Don't use apart in front of a noun.

2. 'apart from'

You use apart from when you mention an exception to a statement that you are making.

Apart from Ann, the car was empty.
She had no money, apart from the five pounds that Christopher had given her.

When apart is used in sentences like these, it must be followed by from and not by any other preposition.

Note that in American English aside from is often used instead of apart from.

Aside from the location, we knew little about this park.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.apart - remote and separate physically or sociallyapart - remote and separate physically or socially; "existed over the centuries as a world apart"; "preserved because they inhabited a place apart"- W.H.Hudson; "tiny isolated villages remote from centers of civilization"; "an obscure village"
unconnected - not joined or linked together
2.apart - having characteristics not shared by others; "scientists felt they were a group apart"- Vannever Bush
separate - independent; not united or joint; "a problem consisting of two separate issues"; "they went their separate ways"; "formed a separate church"
Adv.1.apart - separated or at a distance in place or position or timeapart - separated or at a distance in place or position or time; "These towns are many miles apart"; "stood with his legs apart"; "born two years apart"
2.apart - not taken into account or excluded from consideration; "these problems apart, the country is doing well"; "all joking aside, I think you're crazy"
3.apart - away from another or othersapart - away from another or others; "they grew apart over the years"; "kept apart from the group out of shyness"; "decided to live apart"
4.apart - placed or kept separate and distinct as for a purpose; "had a feeling of being set apart"; "quality sets it apart"; "a day set aside for relaxing"
5.apart - one from the otherapart - one from the other; "people can't tell the twins apart"
6.apart - into parts or piecesapart - into parts or pieces; "he took his father's watch apart"; "split apart"; "torn asunder"


1. to pieces, to bits, asunder, into parts He took the clock apart to see what was wrong with it.
2. away from each other, distant from each other They live 25 miles apart.
4. separately, independently, separated, divorced Mum and Dad live apart.
5. (with from) except for, excepting, other than, excluding, besides, not including, aside from, but, save, bar, not counting The room was empty apart from one man seated beside the fire.


As a separate unit:
Idioms: one at a time, one by one.
Set away from all others:
مُفَكَّكمُنْفَصِل، مُتَفَرِّقمُنفَصِلاً
na kusyod sebeodděleněve vzdálenosti
fra hinandenskille ad
erilläänpurkaa osiin
atskiraiatskirti vieną nuo kitoatstumuišardytiiširti
ar ieplestām kājāmatstatunomaļussavrup
od seba
riêng rathành nhiều mảnh


When apart is an element in a phrasal verb, eg fall apart, tear apart, look up the verb.
1. (= separated) it was the first time we had been apartera la primera vez que estábamos separados
with one's feet apartcon los pies apartados
the two towns are 10km apartlos dos pueblos están a 10km el uno del otro
their birthdays are two days apartsus cumpleaños se separan por dos días
posts set equally apartpostes espaciados con regularidad or colocados a intervalos iguales
to hold o.s. apartmantenerse aparte
to keep apartseparar, mantener aislado (from de)
he lives apart from his wifevive separado de su mujer
they have lived apart for six monthsviven separados desde hace seis meses
we live three doors apartvivimos a tres puertas de ellos
the house stands somewhat apartla casa está algo aislada
they stood a long way apartestaban muy apartados (el uno del otro)
he stood apart from the othersse mantuvo apartado de los otros
I can't tell them apartno puedo distinguir el uno del otro
see also set apart
2. (= in pieces) to come or fall apartromperse, deshacerse
to take sth apartdesmontar algo
see also fall apart, take apart, tear apart
3. (= aside) joking aparten serio ...
these problems apartaparte de estos problemas ..., estos problemas aparte ...
4. apart from
4.1. (= excluding) → aparte de
apart from the fact thataparte del hecho de que ...
but quite apart from thatpero aparte de eso ...
4.2. (= except for) he ate everything apart from the meatcomió todo menos or excepto la carne
they all voted against apart from Johntodos votaron en contra aparte de John


(= away from each other) 10 miles apart → à 10 milles l'un(e) de l'autre
The two towns are 10km apart → Les deux villes sont à 10km l'une de l'autre.
Ray and his sister live just 25 miles apart → Ray et sa sœur habitent à 25 milles l'un de l'autre.
a long way apart → très éloignés l'un(e) de l'autre
legs apart, with one's legs apart → les jambes écartées
feet apart, with one's feet apart → les jambes écartées
to pull two things apart → séparer deux choses
to be apart [couple, family] → être séparé(e)
We're so far apart on so many issues → Nous ne sommes pas du tout d'accord sur de nombreux sujets.
Their ideas and ours were miles apart → Leurs idées étaient totalement différentes des nôtres.
to tell apart
I can't tell them apart → Je n'arrive pas à les distinguer l'un de l'autre.
Free-range and battery eggs are hard to tell apart → Il est difficile de faire la différence entre les œufs de batterie et les œufs de poules élevées en plein air.
(= separately) → séparément
to live apart [couple, family] → vivre séparément
(= to one side) → à part, de côté, à l'écart
(= in pieces) to take sth apart → démonter qch
to fall apart → s'effondrer
apart from prep (= except for) → à part, excepté
Apart from that, everything's fine → À part ça, tout va bien.
apart from prep (= away from) → à l'écart de
set apart from → situé(e) à l'écart de


auseinander; to stand/sit with one’s legs apartmit gespreizten Beinen dastehen/dasitzen; I can’t tell them apartich kann sie nicht auseinanderhalten; to live apartgetrennt leben; they’re still far or miles apart (fig)ihre Meinungen klaffen or gehen immer noch weit auseinander; to come or fall apartentzweigehen, auseinanderfallen; the company is falling apartdie Firma geht vor die Hunde (inf); her marriage is falling apartihre Ehe geht in die Brüche; it came apart in my handses fiel mir in der Hand auseinander; to take something apartetw auseinandernehmen
(= to one side)zur Seite, beiseite; (= on one side)abseits (→ from +gen); he stood apart from the grouper stand abseits von der Gruppe; to hold oneself apartsich abseits halten; a class/thing aparteine Klasse/Sache für sich
(= excepted)abgesehen von, bis auf (+acc); these problems apartabgesehen von or außer diesen Problemen; apart from that there’s nothing else wrong with itabgesehen davon or bis auf das ist alles in Ordnung; apart from that, the gearbox is also faultydarüber hinaus or außerdem ist (auch) das Getriebe schadhaft


[əˈpɑːt] adv
a. (separated) → a distanza, separatamente
we live 3 miles apart → abitiamo a 3 miglia di distanza (l'uno dall'altro)
their birthdays are two days apart → i loro compleanni sono a distanza di due giorni l'uno dall'altro
she stood apart from the others → se ne stava or rimase in disparte
to live apart → vivere separati
he lives apart from his wife → vive separato da sua moglie
I can't tell them apart → non li distinguo l'uno dall'altro
joking apart → scherzi a parte, a parte gli scherzi
these problems apart → a parte questi problemi
apart from → a parte, eccetto
apart from the fact that → a parte il fatto che
with one's legs apart → con le gambe divaricate
b. (in pieces) → a pezzi
to fall apart → cadere a pezzi, sfasciarsi
to take sth apart → smontare qc


(əˈpaːt) adverb
separated by a certain distance. The trees were planted three metres apart; with his feet apart; Their policies are far apart; She sat apart from the other people.
apart from
except for. I can't think of anything I need, apart from a car.
come apart
to break into pieces. The book came apart in my hands.
take apart
to separate (something) into the pieces from which it is made. He took the engine apart.
tell apart (usually with can, *cannotetc)
to recognize the difference between; to distinguish. I cannot tell the twins apart.


مُفَكَّك, مُنفَصِلاً na kusy, od sebe fra hinanden, skille ad auseinander κομμάτια, χωριστά aparte, en mil pedazos erillään, purkaa osiin démonter, hormis odvojeno, rastaviti lontano, smontare ばらばらに, 別個に 따로따로, 조각조각 apart, uit elkaar atskilt, demontere od siebie, jedno od drugiego, oddzielnie à parte, destruir, em peçados, separado в стороне, раздельно isär แยกเป็นส่วนๆ, แยกจาก ayırmak, ayrı riêng ra, thành nhiều mảnh 分离, 成零碎


adv. aparte, separadamente; hacia un lado.