take apart

This page is about the phrasal verb take apart.

Meaning: If you take apart something, you separate it into the pieces it's made of.

Synonym: dismantle

For example:

  • take sth apart I took my bicycle apart so that I could clean each part.

  • take apart sth Mike took apart the engine, but he couldn't put it back together again.

Nouns often used as objects with take apart: bicycle, engine, motor, appliance, toaster, fan

Quick Quiz:

Ben took apart the electric fan in order to

a. break it

b. steal it

c. fix it

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Contributor: Matt Errey