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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • To put apart; set aside.
  • To depart from; quit.
  • In part; partly.

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

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

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French a part : a, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + part, side (from Latin pars, part-; see part).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French à part; (Latin ad) + part ("part"). See part. (Wiktionary)

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