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apart

  
[1]     (POSITIONS AND STATES)  
In addition to the uses shown below, apart is used in phrasal verbs such as `grow apart' and `take apart'.     
1       adv   When people or things are apart, they are some distance from each other.  
ADV after v, oft ADV from n  
He was standing a bit apart from the rest of us, watching us..., Ray and sister Renee lived just 25 miles apart from each other., ...regions that were too far apart to have any way of knowing about each other...     
2       adv   If two people or things move apart or are pulled apart, they move away from each other.  
ADV after v  
John and Isabelle moved apart, back into the sun..., He tried in vain to keep the two dogs apart before the neighbour intervened.     
3       adv   If two people are apart, they are no longer living together or spending time together, either permanently or just for a short time.  
be ADV, ADV after v  
It was the first time Jane and I had been apart for more than a few days..., Mum and Dad live apart.     
4       adv   If you take something apart, you separate it into the pieces that it is made of. If it comes or falls apart, its parts separate from each other.  
ADV after v  
When the clock stopped he took it apart to find out what was wrong..., Many school buildings are unsafe, and some are falling apart.     
5       adv   If something such as an organization or relationship falls apart, or if something tears it apart, it can no longer continue because it has serious difficulties.  
ADV after v  
Any manager knows that his company will start falling apart if his attention wanders...     
6       adv   If something sets someone or something apart, it makes them different from other people or things.  
ADV after v, n ADV  
What really sets Mr Thaksin apart is that he comes from northern Thailand...     
7       adj   If people or groups are a long way apart on a particular topic or issue, they have completely different views and disagree about it.  
v-link amount ADJ, oft ADJ on n  
Their concept of a performance and our concept were miles apart.     
8    If you can't tell two people or things apart, they look exactly the same to you.  
can't tell apart      phrase   V inflects, usu with brd-neg  
I can still only tell Mark and Dave apart by the colour of their shoes!     
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
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v.
make something succeed strongly and rapidly
exp.
a problem, a trouble, a hiccup
the fly in the ointment that summer was the terrible weather: l' ennui cet été là fut le mauvais temps.
adj.
term used for describing the lifestyle of married or unmarried long-term couples who don't live under the same roof
[Psych.] acronym: LAT. e.g LAT couples, LAT relationships
exp.
1 (referring to taste) ferment, acidify; 2. (fig.) deteriorate, fall apart
1. The milk turned sour. 2. The relation between them turned sour.
exp.
1. break; fall apart; 2. be in a bad mood
exp.
The actual say is: "You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar" This means that it is easier to persuade people if you use polite arguments and flattery than if you are confrontational.
id.
the carrot is more effective than the stick

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