aside

adverb
\ ə-ˈsīd How to pronounce aside (audio) \

Definition of aside

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : to or toward the side stepped aside
2 : away from others or into privacy pulled him aside
3 : out of the way especially for future use : away putting aside savings
4 : away from one's thought or consideration All kidding aside, we really need to get busy.

aside

noun

Definition of aside (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : an utterance not meant to be heard by someone especially : an actor's speech heard by the audience but supposedly not by other characters
2 : a comment or discussion that does not relate directly to the main subject being discussed : digression He frequently interrupted his narrative with amusing asides.

aside

preposition

Definition of aside (Entry 3 of 3)

obsolete

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Examples of aside in a Sentence

Adverb

He stepped aside and let her pass. He threw his coat aside. She laid the book aside. He elbowed people aside as he moved through the crowd. He took her aside to speak to her privately. Someone grabbed him and pulled him aside.

Noun

She made a joke about the food in a muttered aside to her husband. The book includes several lengthy asides about the personal lives of scientists involved in the project. In his speech he mentioned her contributions almost as an aside, despite the fact that she was the one who came up with the idea originally.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Congress and Obama also reopened the fund and set aside $2.7 billion to pay victims. Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN, "Funeral for 9/11 responder Luis Alvarez to be held Wednesday," 3 July 2019 Gatz says the state Department of Transportation began setting more money aside in 2006 for bridge repairs, and lawmakers provided additional funding a few years later. USA TODAY, "Kacey Musgraves, sneaker flap, skiing in July: News from around our 50 states," 3 July 2019 Once apples are softened, remove them from the hotpot and set them aside. Emma Schwartz, Bon Appétit, "How a Prison Cooking Show Connects Residents to Life Outside," 2 July 2019 Lawmakers also set aside $150 million to fast-track construction of more affordable housing and another $150 million for other housing pilots and priorities. oregonlive.com, "Winners and losers of Oregon’s 2019 legislative session," 1 July 2019 There will also be a 50/50 raffle, with proceeds added to the funds set aside to purchase a new digital light board. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Oconomowoc Arts Center celebrates a new season with a community open house," 1 July 2019 Transfer cod to a bowl, and use a fork to flake it into large chunks, then set aside. Bryan Washington, The New Yorker, "Coming Back to Ackee and Salt Fish, Jamaica’s National Dish," 1 July 2019 Remove the back and glass (along with any pictures inside), and set them aside to be painted. Madeleine Bokan, House Beautiful, "The Painted Picture Frame Wall Is The New Gallery Wall," 1 July 2019 Remove from the oven and carefully transfer to a plastic bag; seal and set aside for 10 minutes (this makes the skins easier to remove). Mareya Ibrahim, NBC News, "These shrimp skewers with chimichurri are the ultimate 'cook once, eat twice' recipe," 29 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In a curious aside, Magid notes that the foundation Zanco established to oversee the architect’s papers has trademarked Barragán’s name, minus the accent mark. Michael O'sullivan, Twin Cities, "A conceptual artist pops a brilliant (but ghoulish) question in ‘The Proposal’," 20 June 2019 His only commitment to the genre is to divert from its essence with cute asides, such as the title song by neo-folkie Sturgill Simpson, a recurring motif that divides characters through their musical taste. Armond White, National Review, "The Dead Don’t Die: Climate-Change Comedy for the Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez Era," 14 June 2019 Maybe the greatest moment in television ever is when Fleabag, and viewers, learn that The Hot Priest can actually see her asides to the camera. Rachel Paige, refinery29.com, "Why The Actor From Black Mirror's "Smithereens" Seems So, So Familiar," 7 June 2019 But her glares, her nasty asides to Jon about Dany's beauty and his attraction to her, undermine Sansa's grit and intelligence and erode at her evolution from the petulant brat of Season 1. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Game of Thrones Rivalry Between Sansa & Daenerys Is Gendered and Regressive," 16 Apr. 2019 Poetic asides to Bruce Weber, where her truly funny sense of humor would come out. Francesco Carrozzini, WSJ, "In Franca Sozzani’s Letters, A Son Sees His Mother’s Creative Spirit," 11 Feb. 2019 At a rally, Mr. Trump can vary his tone, playing off the audience and its response — his voice rising into outrage and dropping into cutting asides. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Stop calling Facebook’s effort to fix itself an “arms race”," 14 Sep. 2018 Nerves asides, these two totally killed it—and the public agrees. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson Sang With Police Officers at Her Concert and the Response Was So Powerful," 23 Feb. 2019 Except for a few such strategically self-deprecating asides, DVF's trademark is self-confidence. Eleanor Laurence, Town & Country, "T&C's 170th Anniversary," 23 Aug. 2013

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First Known Use of aside

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

circa 1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Preposition

1592, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aside

Adverb

see side entry 1

Noun

see side entry 1

Preposition

see side entry 1

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aside

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of aside

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to or toward the side
used with put or set to describe something that is being kept or saved for a future use
used to say that something is not included in a statement that follows

aside

noun

English Language Learners Definition of aside (Entry 2 of 2)

: a comment spoken by a character in a play that is heard by the audience but is supposedly not heard by other characters on stage
: a comment that is spoken quietly to someone so that it cannot be heard by other people who are present
: a comment or discussion that does not relate directly to the main subject being discussed

aside

adverb
\ ə-ˈsīd How to pronounce aside (audio) \

Kids Definition of aside

1 : to or toward the side stepped aside
2 : out of the way especially for future use She's putting money aside for a car.
3 : not included or considered All kidding aside, we think you did a great job.

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