Pronunciation: (u-pärt'),[key] —adv. 1. into pieces or parts; to pieces: to take a watch apart; an old barn falling apart from decay. 2. separately in place, time, motion, etc.: New York and Tokyo are thousands of miles apart. Our birthdays are three days apart. 3. to or at one side, with respect to place, purpose, or function: to put money apart for education; to keep apart from the group out of pride. 4. separately or individually in consideration: each factor viewed apart from the others. 5. aside (used with a gerund or noun): Joking apart, what do you think? 6. apart from, aside from; in addition to; besides: Apart from other considerations, time is a factor. 7. take apart, a. to disassemble: to take a clock apart. b. Informal.to criticize; attack: She was taken apart for her controversial stand. c. to subject to intense examination: He will take your feeble excuses apart.
—adj. having independent or unique qualities, features, or characteristics (usually used following the noun it modifies): a class apart.