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.

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 As a freelancer, Montague sets aside a specific time block to stay on top of her work. Jacqueline Yoo, ABC News, "Young, black, female Washington cartoonist speaks about diversity through her art," 14 Feb. 2020 Setting the meatballs aside, the sauce further reduced, creating a rich glaze. TheWeek, "Traveling across Belgium to build a better meatball," 2 Feb. 2020 The city started putting aside money last year for the 2020 election cycle. oregonlive, "7 candidates for Portland City Council qualify for relaunched taxpayer financing program," 1 Feb. 2020 Put aside his famous work ethic, the Mamba mentality, that incredible will to win. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jack Nicholson, Barack Obama, Shaquille O'Neal and More Mourn Kobe Bryant," 26 Jan. 2020 Subash and Chandra, then a schoolteacher, chose to set aside 2019 as a year to chase a dream. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Meet your new Nepali dumpling destination in metro Phoenix. Here's your guide," 24 Jan. 2020 In the beginning there were days set aside for various tasks. Christian Wiman, Harper's magazine, "The Cancer Chair," 20 Jan. 2020 Putting aside Mr Cote’s success at Honeywell, their performance relative to the broader stockmarket was mediocre, though. The Economist, "Schumpeter The last GE Man," 11 Jan. 2020 Incumbent Tigers offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger was willing to collaborate and put ego aside for the good of the team. Eric Hansen, Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame football: Factors that go into hiring an offensive coordinator," 6 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The grant is in addition to the $877,656 general set-aside allocation which is currently designated to Haven for Hope to serve individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Sara Cline, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio receives state grant to help homeless youth with emergency shelter, transitional housing," 14 Feb. 2020 As a novelist, Abbott is the sole proprietor of each story and gets to dictate what’s important, what relationships are meaningful and which are mere asides. Colleen Leahey Mckeegan, Marie Claire, "Megan Abbott Wants You to Feel Everything," 19 Dec. 2019 Yamamoto said says the counties want to see those conservation sets asides downsized in the new plan. oregonlive, "Department of Forestry’s new management plan is so vague it’s meaningless, critics say," 11 Dec. 2019 There's plenty of strength in the casting, which, as an aside, includes not a single American among the central quartet. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Greta Gerwig's 'Little Women' puts a fresh spin on the literary classic," 24 Dec. 2019 As an aside, Brady’s current contract will void on March 17. BostonGlobe.com, "That’s not to say the Patriots can’t make a trade. The salary cap is easily manipulated, and, as we saw with the Antonio Brown signing in September, the Patriots can always find a way to sign a major impact player and fit him in.," 16 Oct. 2019 While a few asides add some depth to a few famous Star Wars staples, the return to Mos Eisley feels like a cheap trick that's not wholly earned. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "The Mandalorian Takes a Sharp Turn Down Nostalgia Lane," 6 Dec. 2019 The characters address the camera as if to a friend, offering a tour of the building or whispering asides like secrets to a cherished confidant. Katie Walsh, Twin Cities, "‘Bombshell’ a messy but fascinating depiction of complexities of sexual harassment, fallout in the post-#MeToo era," 13 Dec. 2019 The author’s liberal use of asterisks to indicate asides at the bottom of pages can seem distracting at first. Susan Benkelman, Washington Post, "How pushing the boundaries of political speech can reshape society," 25 Oct. 2019

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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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Time Traveler for aside

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

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Last Updated

18 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Aside.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aside. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for aside

aside

adverb
How to pronounce aside (audio)

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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