aside

adverb
\ə-ˈsīd \

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

Slice the scallions thinly with a sharp knife and set aside. Talia Abbas, SELF, "How to Throw a Laid-Back Holiday Party at Home, from the Team at A Summer Day Cafe," 6 Dec. 2018 At its best, Mr. Groom tells an enthralling story of three nations, each wary of the others, and of three men who set aside deep differences for a common cause. Jonathan W. Jordan, WSJ, "‘The Kremlin Letters’ and ‘The Allies’ Review: The View From the Summit," 30 Nov. 2018 Voters ended up approving Amendment 2, which will impose a 4 percent tax and set that money aside for military veterans. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Three states vote in favor of marijuana," 7 Nov. 2018 Transfer green beans to the ice water to cool; drain and set aside. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Green Beans with Orange and Almond Gremolata," 24 Oct. 2018 The days in between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are set aside for reflection, and they're often called the Days of Repentance or the Days of Awe. Joshua Eaton, Teen Vogue, "Everything You Need to Know About Rosh Hashanah," 10 Sep. 2018 Before the house is flooded with the sounds and smells of the holiday, deliberately set aside an hour for everyone to do their own thing with no obligations to cook, clean, or make conversation. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "12 Thanksgiving Tradition Ideas for the Best Holiday Ever," 28 Aug. 2018 That often pushes aside the basic building blocks of a healthy life, such as proper sleep, exercise, and nutrition. Clay Marsh, STAT, "Facing deaths of despair from the depths of despair in West Virginia," 12 July 2018 Storm aside, Atlanta can expect to enjoy 90-degree weather all week. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "TUESDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: ‘Comfortable,’ dry sky for morning commute," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Family drama aside, Prince Philip has been slowing down in recent months, and hasn't been attending many public-facing events. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Will Prince Philip Attend Princess Eugenie's Wedding?," 30 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 Director Reed looks for the buoyant details and witty asides in most every scene. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "'Ant-Man and the Wasp' review: Here's one infestation we can get behind," 27 June 2018 Trump, an avid golfer, indulged his inner fan with asides about the merits of one golfer's putter and the length of another's drives. Anne Gearan, chicagotribune.com, "Trump likens immigration enforcement to 'liberating a town' in combat," 4 July 2018 Real life does not always lend itself to dramatic adaptation, but Davies and Frears manage to make of it something both thoughtful and antic, historical but only in the brief asides a history lesson. Robert Lloyd, latimes.com, "Hugh Grant has a killer role in Amazon's 'A Very English Scandal'," 28 June 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 \

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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