The English phrasal verb TAKE APART has the following meanings:
1. Take (something) apart = to disassemble something
(transitive) This phrasal verb is used when you dismantle something into its component pieces. It is when a machine (or device etc.) is separated into different parts, sometimes in order to find out what is wrong with it. Disassemble and dismantle are synonyms of take apart.
- The mechanic had to take the motor apart to see what was making the noise.
- They had to take the bed apart because it wouldn’t fit through the door.
- She took her laptop apart to see if she could fix it.
- When you are in the army, you learn how to take your gun apart very quickly.
- I took my bike apart to give it a good clean.
- He easily took his watch apart but he couldn’t put it back together again.
2. Take apart = to analyze and criticize (something or someone)
(transitive – informal) This is used when somebody talks about the different parts of something (such as of a novel or movie) in order to criticize it. The thing or person is usually analyzed in an effort to discover flaws or weaknesses.
- The presidential candidate’s proposal was taken apart in the debate.
- The critics took the new play apart and left terrible reviews.
- My teacher took my essay apart by saying all the things that were wrong with it.
- My boss took apart the budget I had made by saying it was too costly for the company.
3. Take apart = to easily defeat someone or a team
(transitive – informal) It is another way of saying to thrash someone or to beat someone severely.
- Woodward United took the other team apart in last night’s cup game.
- We lost by a huge margin. Their team really took us apart.
- The All Blacks took the Wallabies apart in the classic Trans-Tasman rugby match.
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