set apart

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Verb[edit]

set apart (third-person singular simple present sets apart, present participle setting apart, simple past and past participle set apart) (transitive)

  1. To select (something or someone) for a specific purpose.
  2. To distinguish, make obvious the distinction between (two things) or of (something).
    • 2013 September 28, Kenan Malik, "London Is Special, but Not That Special," New York Times (retrieved 28 September 2013):
      It is one of the ironies of capital cities that each acts as a symbol of its nation, and yet few are even remotely representative of it. London has always set itself apart from the rest of Britain — but political, economic and social trends are conspiring to drive that wedge deeper.
  3. Used other than as an idiom: to separate or isolate.

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