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To dismantle something into it's component pieces.

I carefully took the clock mechanism apart to clean it.

Additional definitions for 'take apart':

take apartTo soundly defeat someone, or a team.
take apartTo criticise someone.
take apartTo move someone away from others to be able to talk to, or give them something in private.
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