How to use
'to the side'
if things are apart, they are not close to each other or touching each other
two miles/six feet etc apart
Place the two posts 6 metres apart.
They have offices in countries as
as India and Peru.
The police try to
at all matches.
A couple of men started fighting and we had to
Joel stood apart from the group, frowning.
in different pieces
if something comes apart, or you take it apart, it is separated into different pieces
The whole thing
so that you can clean it.
to see what was wrong.
if you keep things apart, you keep them separate from each other
I try to keep my work and private life as far apart as possible.
not at same time
if things are a particular time apart, they do not happen at the same time but have that much time between them
two days/three weeks/five years etc apart
Our birthdays are exactly a month apart.
if people are apart, they are not together in the same place, or not having a relationship with each other
The children have never been apart before.
My wife and I are living apart at the moment.
He's never been apart from his mother.
if something falls apart, it breaks into different pieces
It just fell apart in my hands!
if something is falling apart, it is in very bad condition
He drives around in an old car that's falling apart.
if something falls apart, it fails completely
He lost his job and his marriage fell apart.
The country's economy is in danger of falling apart.
be torn apart
if a marriage, family etc is torn apart, it can no longer continue because of serious difficulties
The play portrays a good marriage torn apart by external forces.
be worlds/poles apart
if people, beliefs, or ideas are worlds or poles apart, they are completely different from each other
I realized we were still worlds apart.
if people drift or grow apart, their relationship slowly becomes less close
Lewis and his father drifted apart after he moved to New York.
used to say that you want to say something seriously
Joking apart, they did do quite a good job for us.
except for someone or something
The car industry apart, most industries are now seeing an improvement in their economic performance.
set somebody/something apart
to make someone or something different from other people or things
Her unusual lifestyle set her apart as a child.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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