If something is apart, it’s separated from something else. It was once one thing, and now it’s divided into separate pieces.
High winds tore the building apart.
- That old house is falling apart.
Jose knows how to take an engine apart and then put it back together.
Jim and Emily are married, but they separated and are now living apart.
- Financial problems tore the family apart.
- If you take a puzzle apart, you should be able to put it together again.
- The purchase agreement for the house fell apart after an inspection revealed a cracked foundation.
- Disagreements between the two main political parties are pulling the nation apart.
The dog tore the shoe apart.
You can also use "apart" in a phrase: apart from. This means that there’s an exception or a difference.
- The author’s attempt at serious literature stands apart from his other work which consists mainly of writing for comic books.
- Apart from failing his math class, Jose did quite well in school last semester.
- Apart from a broken arm, the survivor of the plane crash proved to be quite lucky.
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November 18, 2018