At a distance in place, position, or time: railings spaced two feet apart; born three years apart. Away from another or others: grew apart over the years; decided to live apart. In or into parts or pieces: split apart. One from another: I can't tell the twins apart. Aside or in reserve, as for a separate use or purpose: funds set apart for the project. As a distinct item or entity: Quality sets it apart. So as to except or exclude from consideration; aside: All joking apart, I think you're wrong. Set apart; isolated. Used after a noun or in the predicate: a people who have existed over the centuries as a world apart.