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.

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

Posturing aside, there is a good chance of some sort of deal materializing in coming months. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "More Tariffs Are Exactly What China Inc. Doesn’t Need," 10 May 2019 Hijinks aside, Cyrus and Hemsworth were well prepared for their evening with fashion legends Bob Recine and James Kaliardos at hand to help. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Gave the Met a Couples Moment for the History Books," 10 May 2019 An important sartorial aside: There’s this guy on Instagram. Elizabeth Holmes, Town & Country, "An Open Letter to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's New Royal Baby," 7 May 2019 Instead of tossing the packaging of your used M.A.C. products in the trash can, set them aside in a safe place. Devon Abelman, Allure, "M.A.C. Is Giving Away Free Lipstick in Exchange for Beauty Empties," 23 Apr. 2019 Dice a small onion, finely chop two cloves of garlic, and set both aside. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Cook a Risotto-Style Dish With Whatever Grain You Have," 20 Apr. 2019 Eight seats have been set aside for the media and 11 for the public. Amy Forliti, The Seattle Times, "Judge restricts access to evidence in police shooting case," 29 Mar. 2019 Set aside until frothy, 4 to 6 minutes (if mixture does not froth, discard and start again). Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Rooibos-Blueberry-Glazed Donut Holes," 19 Mar. 2019 But as the Great Depression continued, legislators would set the issue aside. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "By passing the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act this week, the Senate acknowledged its role in decades of racial terrorism.," 21 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Poetic asides to Bruce Weber, where her truly funny sense of humor would come out. Francesco Carrozzini, WSJ, "In Franca Sozzani’s Letters, A Son Sees His Mother’s Creative Spirit," 11 Feb. 2019 At a rally, Mr. Trump can vary his tone, playing off the audience and its response — his voice rising into outrage and dropping into cutting asides. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Stop calling Facebook’s effort to fix itself an “arms race”," 14 Sep. 2018 Nerves asides, these two totally killed it—and the public agrees. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson Sang With Police Officers at Her Concert and the Response Was So Powerful," 23 Feb. 2019 Except for a few such strategically self-deprecating asides, DVF's trademark is self-confidence. Eleanor Laurence, Town & Country, "T&C's 170th Anniversary," 23 Aug. 2013 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 As an aside: Apple dropped the price of its USB-C to Lightning cable from $25 to $19 earlier this year, which further bolstered these rumors. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Third-party USB-C to Lightning cables are reportedly happening," 5 Sep. 2018 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

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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 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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