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 Originally the state was supposed to set aside 14,000 prison beds for such services. Washington Post, "For George Floyd and Black men in recovery, ‘everything just piles up’," 22 Oct. 2020 Yet the federal government has already set aside 2 billion reais ($357 million) for a deal to produce a shot being developed by AstraZeneca in partnership with Oxford University, which is in a similar trial stage. Fortune, "Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro undercuts the Chinese COVID vaccine his country is betting on," 22 Oct. 2020 However, the approach proved successful, as the next night Clare immediately pulled him aside during the cocktail party to reward him with a rose. Haley Kluge, chicagotribune.com, "‘The Bachelorette’ recap: Dale Moss establishes himself as Clare Crawley’s frontrunner," 21 Oct. 2020 The Legislature set aside $6 million to pay for it — mostly on building upgrades and increasing the bandwidth of the state’s internet network. Dan Harrie, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Thousands of Utah state employees are still working from home," 21 Oct. 2020 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 9x9 baking pan with parchment paper (leave an overhang to be able to pull out bars easily) and set aside. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "A pumpkin spice holiday celebration for cheesecake lovers," 21 Oct. 2020 Add the chopped apple, mix together, and set aside. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Vivid slaw tosses in beets and apples for a fresh, tangy crunch," 21 Oct. 2020 Tomorrow night’s moderator, NBC’s Kristen Welker, has set aside one 15-minute segment for national security, with the others covering the coronavirus pandemic, American families, race in America, climate change, and leadership. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "$19B down the drain, Pentagon watchdog’s latest report details Afghanistan’s swamp of ineptitude and corruption," 21 Oct. 2020 Dining in restaurants, where masks are set aside for meals, was one activity suspected of spreading community infection. Hope Yen, Star Tribune, "AP FACT CHECK: Trump's falsehoods on virus, taxes and Bidens," 18 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In a delicious chapter that includes an encounter with Vogue’s Anna Wintour, and an aside about Eadweard Muybridge, whose motion photography updated our understanding of how horses gallop, the author also spirits us to India. Washington Post, "Why do so many people love horses? ‘Because horses.’," 18 Sep. 2020 Trump, who prides himself on being able to change cable news chyrons and news cycles with a tweet or an aside at a rally, was delivering an extended performance totally in the dark about one of the biggest news events of the campaign. San Diego Union-Tribune, "News of Justice Ginsburg’s death arrives as Biden and Trump host dueling Minnesota events," 18 Sep. 2020 The figure also includes a set-aside to cover settlements in the remaining 30,000 cases. Jef Feeley, Bloomberg.com, "Bayer Extends CEO’s Contract, Sees Progress on Roundup Deals," 10 Sep. 2020 On the other, his glossing over several mob lynchings reflects a more casual set-aside of law for others. David L. Ostendorf, Star Tribune, "Counterpoint: Lincoln was always torn between 'justice' and 'law and order'," 3 Sep. 2020 And many history textbooks in subsequent decades just note the 1918–1919 flu pandemic as an aside when discussing World War I, if at all. Scott Hershberger, Scientific American, "The 1918 Flu Faded in Our Collective Memory: We Might ‘Forget’ the Coronavirus, Too," 13 Aug. 2020 As an aside, Arizona is likely a decent indicator of political headwinds for the time being. cleveland, "10 battleground states -- including Ohio -- to watch in the 2020 election," 30 June 2020 The set-aside withholds some reverse mortgage proceeds to help cover taxes and insurance charges throughout the life of the loan, ensuring a senior won’t forget and miss an important payment that could lead to foreclosure. USA Today, "Hurricane fallout creates financial ruin for Puerto Rico's seniors with reverse mortgages," 2 July 2020 There’s no reason for a team in their situation -- not invited to the NBA’s restart -- to go into the tax for cast-aside players the caliber of Trier, Bell or Hartenstein. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Will Cleveland Cavaliers attempt to sign Andre Drummond to long-term contract extension? Hey, Chris!," 27 June 2020

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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

25 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Aside.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aside. Accessed 25 Oct. 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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