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aside

adverb \ ə-ˈsīd \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of aside

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.

Examples of aside in a Sentence

  1. He stepped aside and let her pass.

  2. He threw his coat aside.

  3. She laid the book aside.

  4. He elbowed people aside as he moved through the crowd.

  5. He took her aside to speak to her privately.

  6. Someone grabbed him and pulled him aside.

Recent Examples of aside from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of aside

see 1side


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aside

noun

Definition of aside

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.

Examples of aside in a Sentence

  1. She made a joke about the food in a muttered aside to her husband.

  2. The book includes several lengthy asides about the personal lives of scientists involved in the project.

  3. 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.

Recent Examples of aside from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of aside

see 1side


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aside

preposition

Definition of aside

obsolete

Origin and Etymology of aside

see 1side


ASIDE Defined for English Language Learners

aside

adverb

Definition of aside for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of aside for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

aside

adverb \ ə-ˈsīd \

Definition of aside for Students

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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