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English adjective: apart

1. apart remote and separate physically or socially

SamplesExisted over the centuries as a world apart.
Preserved because they inhabited a place apart.
Tiny isolated villages remote from centers of civilization.
An obscure village.

Synonymsisolated, obscure



2. apart having characteristics not shared by others

SamplesScientists felt they were a group apart.



English adverb: apart

1. apart separated or at a distance in place or position or time

SamplesThese towns are many miles apart.
Stood with his legs apart.
Born two years apart.

2. apart not taken into account or excluded from consideration

SamplesThese problems apart, the country is doing well.
All joking aside, I think you're crazy.


3. apart away from another or others

SamplesThey 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

SamplesHad a feeling of being set apart.
Quality sets it apart.
A day set aside for relaxing.


5. apart one from the other

SamplesPeople can't tell the twins apart.

6. apart into parts or pieces

SamplesHe took his father's watch apart.
Split apart.
Torn asunder.


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