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

Move those wintery black and brown leather totes aside and opt for one (or all five) of the spring’s most statement-making trends, below. Vogue, "The 5 Spring Bag Trends to Know, From the Coolest Women Around the World," 10 Mar. 2019 Michaelis suggests setting aside weekly face-to-face time, no matter what. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "The Secret to Having the Best Relationship With Your Work Wife," 7 Mar. 2019 The Wife aside, the two have always been very close. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Why 'The Wife' Star Glenn Close and Her Daughter, Annie Starke, Avoided Each Other on Set," 24 Feb. 2019 First went the cloth napkins, flung aside in favor of paper towels. Liz Krieger, Town & Country, "You Probably Don’t Own Enough Towels, According to an Expert," 22 Feb. 2019 Haters aside, the outrageous reality show quickly became a massive hit and has already been renewed for its second season. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'The Masked Singer' Season 2: Everything We Know So Far," 9 Feb. 2019 Keep it close to your body, which—aside maybe from a small stove, whose fuel is precious—is your sole source of heat. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "8 Essential Tips from 'Arctic,' the Best Survival Movie in Years," 1 Feb. 2019 Adventures in Babysitting aside, this movie is really as feminist as mainstream movies got in the ’80s. Vogue, "The 55 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time," 1 Feb. 2019 Traditional and not-so-traditional events aside, the X Games isn’t just an athletic competition. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "The 2019 Winter X Games Starts This Week—Here’s What You Need to Know," 23 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Director Reed looks for the buoyant details and witty asides in most every scene. Michael Phillips, kansascity, "‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’: With Paul Rudd, here’s one infestation we can get behind," 5 July 2018 As an aside: Apple dropped the price of its USB-C to Lightning cable from $25 to $19 earlier this year, which further bolstered these rumors. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Third-party USB-C to Lightning cables are reportedly happening," 5 Sep. 2018 The entire interview — totally uncut and complete with interruptions from passing emergency sirens, audio issues, and asides to the camera operators — is worth watching. Nilay Patel, The Verge, "Casey Neistat interviews Logan Paul: ‘There’s a difference between being culturally insensitive and being insensitive’," 27 July 2018 Director Reed looks for the buoyant details and witty asides in most every scene. Michael Phillips, kansascity, "‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’: With Paul Rudd, here’s one infestation we can get behind," 5 July 2018 Helpful tips, funny asides, and, of course, some mutual fangirling ensue. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Watch Bella Thorne Critique Fans Who Have Recreated Her Makeup Looks," 19 Oct. 2018

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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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