\ 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.



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)


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Stir together tamari, sugar, sesame oil, starch, sesame seeds, ginger and garlic in a small bowl or measuring cup; set aside. People Staff, Peoplemag, 11 Aug. 2022 Many invest blood, sweat and tears — and every penny — into building their business but never set cash aside for the future. CBS News, 11 Aug. 2022 The $120 million proposal includes $70 million once set aside for a new Near West Side high school. Tracy Swartz, Chicago Tribune, 10 Aug. 2022 The company had funds that had been set aside to pay back borrowers for making renovations to properties. Michael E. Kanell, ajc, 10 Aug. 2022 From the recreation of foreign cultures to the destruction of an indigenous one: possibly the most chilling example Mr. Green gives of a place pushed aside by a modernizing impulse is the idyllic Welsh community of Capel Celyn. Elizabeth Lowry, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2022 The search for therapies to treat rare diseases is too important to be pushed aside in favor of treatments for more common and less complex disease areas. Craig Martin, STAT, 23 July 2022 While there had been fears that if the Fed were to relax a bit, inflation wouldn't be brought under control, this anxiety was put aside. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 28 July 2022 The novel isn’t a love story, strictly speaking, but a forgiveness story, in which sorrow, anger, and recrimination must be put aside before love can be rediscovered. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, 26 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As an aside, some pundits are going around claiming that self-driving cars will be uncrashable, which is pure nonsense and an outrageous and wrongheaded thing to say, see my coverage at the link here. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 As an aside, most companies work against the interests of women in one way or another. Roxane Gay, New York Times, 7 July 2022 And as an aside, Javon and David Castañeda became very good friends. Milan Polk, Men's Health, 24 June 2022 She was first mentioned briefly, almost as an aside, in an opening scene that took place in the narrator’s place of work. Oliver Munday, The Atlantic, 21 June 2022 As an aside, not everyone agrees that digital natives are somehow rejiggered in terms of their mental processes about the world. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 12 June 2022 But as an aside, your letter really strikes me as soooo gossipy. Globe Staff,, 3 June 2022 As an aside, some furtively whisper that this will be akin to the return of the Jedi. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 19 May 2022 However, the plan may stipulate that in the event that there is a shortfall in the earnings rate used in calculating spendable funds, the set-aside can be used as an offset. Jack Guttentag, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of aside


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1592, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aside


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\ 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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