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apart (adv.)

"to or at the side; by itself, away from others," late 14c., from Old French a part (Modern French à part) "to the side," from Latin ad "to" (see ad-) + partem, accusative of pars "a part, piece, a faction, a part of the body" (from PIE root *pere- (2) "to grant, allot"). The first element is probably felt in English as a- as in abroad, ahead (see a- (1)). As an adjective from 1786.

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Definitions of apart from WordNet
1
apart (adv.)
separated or at a distance in place or position or time;
stood with his legs apart
These towns are many miles apart
born two years apart
apart (adv.)
not taken into account or excluded from consideration;
these problems apart, the country is doing well
Synonyms: aside
apart (adv.)
away from another or others;
decided to live apart
they grew apart over the years
kept apart from the group out of shyness
apart (adv.)
placed or kept separate and distinct as for a purpose;
quality sets it apart
had a feeling of being set apart
Synonyms: aside
apart (adv.)
one from the other;
people can't tell the twins apart
apart (adv.)
into parts or pieces;
he took his father's watch apart
split apart
Synonyms: asunder
2
apart (adj.)
remote and separate physically or socially; "preserved because they inhabited a place apart"- W.H.Hudson;
existed over the centuries as a world apart
Synonyms: isolated / obscure
apart (adj.)
having characteristics not shared by others; "scientists felt they were a group apart"- Vannever Bush;
From wordnet.princeton.edu