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 Pandemic aside, Bonakdarpour said the main culprits behind our limited ability to focus are cognitive overload and energy use. Washington Post, 1 June 2021 All that aside, Orange Beach’s Kennon and others say that with a new hurricane season at hand, FEMA needs to wrap up last year’s work, clear the decks and batten down. al, 1 June 2021 Maryland won the ensuing faceoff, and Luke Wierman streaked straight towards goal, but his shot was turned aside by Rode, and Virginia cleared the ball to seal the victory. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, 31 May 2021 Wards aside, were the residents not all in the same boat? Rachel Heng, The New Yorker, 31 May 2021 Final score aside, escaping Sunday’s match with no new injuries is at least one positive for the Timbers. Caitlin Murray, oregonlive, 31 May 2021 Americans are on the move this Memorial Day weekend, throwing aside pandemic restrictions to get a head start on summer. CBS News, 31 May 2021 Legal concerns aside, universities that require the shots are likely to experience pushback from anti-vaccine groups. Chris Quintana, USA TODAY, 30 May 2021 This series documents how 20 million Texans lost power in a deadly freeze after state lawmakers brushed aside a decade of warnings about the increasingly vulnerable electric grid. James Osborne, San Antonio Express-News, 29 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Upon the arbitrator’s decision, Arum said the promotion would not pay Wilder a step-aside fee, so the trilogy became Fury’s next-best move. Anthony Stitt, Forbes, 21 May 2021 Khartash begins her backstory glancingly, almost as an aside. David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2021 As an aside, this news gets me particularly emotional because this issue was my Andrew's life's work. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 10 May 2021 In the ensuing weeks, the $350,000 set-aside for Cox’s government operations program would sail through the Legislature as lawmakers crafted and passed a state budget. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2021 As an aside, off-road motorcycle sales last year were up 50% from the previous year because people realized that kind of activity had a lot of positive things going for it. WSJ, 4 May 2021 Within a matter of hours Blake had secured a set-aside to fund the digitization of Katz’s tapes. BostonGlobe.com, 3 May 2021 As an aside, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is set six months after Endgame, but a couple of months before Far From Home. Chris Smith, BGR, 2 May 2021 Having mentioned Panofsky, Hoare cannot resist an aside on his life story. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of aside was in the 14th century

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4 Jun 2021

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“Aside.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aside. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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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