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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Synonyms for aside

Synonyms: Noun

digression, excursion, tangent

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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

That aside, his college plans may have been put on hold. Caitlin Wolper, Teen Vogue, "Virginia Teen Gets 3rd Degree Burns From Rare Weed," 14 July 2018 And its coaches have usually been dressed for success (aside, perhaps, from Arsène Wenger in his giant Arsenal puffer coat). New York Times, "How Gareth Southgate Made the Waistcoat a Surprise World Cup M.V.P.," 13 July 2018 Allegiances to the Dallas Cowboys aside, many other Twitter users piped in simply to point out that people who work within an airport need to go through security every day just to arrive at their jobs. The Heat Index, azcentral, "EX-NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino roasted on Twitter over airport worker Tweet," 13 July 2018 But snubs aside, Trump’s interest in the royal family and his desire to be associated with them has largely served his own purposes. Annie Linskey, BostonGlobe.com, "Donald Trump has long obsession with the British royal family," 13 July 2018 But military hardware aside, the base could be a suburban slice of Anytown U.S.A., laid over Pyeoungtaek’s rice paddies. Time, "Inside Camp Humphreys, South Korea: America's Largest Overseas Military Base," 13 July 2018 Guess we’re all just looking for more yield, risks aside. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Term Sheet - Friday, July 13," 13 July 2018 Badgers aside, Birkin—who was marching with her daughter and her grandson—seemed to have the same goal as everyone else who’d assembled in the uncharacteristic London heat. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "A Very British Protest," 13 July 2018 Modern tennis, despite the occasional rant at a line judge or Andre Agassi circa his long hair days aside, isn’t a sport known for an insurrection. Todd Martens, latimes.com, "'Mario Tennis Aces' and the love of low-stakes competition," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 These interstitial monologues were fascinatingly bizarre, full of aimless asides and mildly humorous observations at which the worshipful crowd always laughed slightly louder than was warranted. Terence Cawley, BostonGlobe.com, "At the Wang, a free-wheeling journey through Neil Young’s past," 12 July 2018 But the musicians are never less than fully engaged with one another, pushing forward as an ensemble with each member making asides and sometimes changing the direction. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm reunites with his Chicago improvising trio featuring Keefe Jackson and Julian Kirshner," 5 July 2018 Howery has some of the best humorous asides, and his chemistry with Irving keeps the film on track. Katie Walsh, latimes.com, "'Uncle Drew' is the surprise comedy of the summer," 28 June 2018 Elements of that plan are part of the construction-tax package, though the set-asides allowing developers to build taller and denser buildings would be voluntary and the density bonuses enhanced. Scott Calvert, WSJ, "Philadelphia’s Affordable-Housing Plan: a Tax on New Buildings," 11 June 2018 And to random asides on matters like Things That Make a Wasp Giggle. Karen Valby, New York Times, "Turning Myths and Fairy Tales on Their Heads," 4 May 2018 But her brilliant asides, combined with the silken movement of each testament’s ceding to the next, also give us the feeling of watching a deep, cold river. Joan Frank, SFChronicle.com, "‘Kudos,’ by Rachel Cusk," 6 July 2018 The actors' voices are capable and their improvised asides clever, but punchlines feel thrown away, without the campiness necessary for a truly successful parody. Marissa Oberlander, Chicago Reader, "Wild Women of Planet Wongo," 21 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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