Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb At a distance in place, position, or time.
  • adverb Away from another or others.
  • adverb In or into parts or pieces.
  • adverb One from another.
  • adverb Aside or in reserve, as for a separate use or purpose.
  • adverb As a distinct item or entity.
  • adverb So as to except or exclude from consideration; aside.
  • adjective Set apart; isolated. Used after a noun or in the predicate.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To or at one side; aside; separately; by itself; in distinction (from); independently (of); adjectively, separate. In place, motion, or position.
  • In purpose, use, character, etc.: as, to set apart, or lay apart, for a special purpose.
  • In thought; in mental analysis: as, to consider one statement apart from others; apart from a slight error, the answer is right.
  • Absolutely: as, jesting apart, what do you think of it?
  • In pieces, or to pieces; asunder: as, to take a watch apart.
  • In part; partly.
  • To put apart; set aside.
  • To depart from; quit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb Separately, in regard to space or company; in a state of separation as to place; aside.
  • adverb In a state of separation, of exclusion, or of distinction, as to purpose, use, or character, or as a matter of thought; separately; independently.
  • adverb Aside; away.
  • adverb In two or more parts; asunder; to piece.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb Separately, in regard to space or company; in a state of separation as to place; aside.
  • adverb In a state of separation, of exclusion, or of distinction, as to purpose, use, or character, or as a matter of thought; separately; independently
  • adverb Aside; away.
  • adverb In two or more parts; asunder; to piece
  • preposition apart from.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb placed or kept separate and distinct as for a purpose
  • adverb into parts or pieces
  • adverb away from another or others
  • adverb not taken into account or excluded from consideration
  • adverb one from the other
  • adjective remote and separate physically or socially
  • adverb separated or at a distance in place or position or time
  • adjective having characteristics not shared by others

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French à part; (Latin ad) + part ("part"). See part.

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