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

This aside, Europeans don’t look likely to have the earnings-season bounce their American rivals have just enjoyed. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "Why Europeans Won’t Catch Wall Street’s Bandwagon," 18 Jan. 2019 This new jargon aside, regular old thread count is important with regards to quality. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "How Often Should You Replace Your Sheets Set?," 11 Jan. 2019 Stern facial expressions aside, these two have stayed strong through five seasons of the series, multiple businesses, and five children. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Chip Gaines Reveals How Joanna Keeps Him in Line When He’s 'Off the Tracks'," 5 Jan. 2019 Weirdly huge eyes aside, this Robert Rodriguez feature looks chock-full of emotion and action in equal measure. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "The 2019 Sci-Fi Film Guide," 3 Jan. 2019 Dinner aside, most networking meetings were held over coffee or cocktails, where the bill can add up quickly. Audrey Henson, Vox, "Diversity on Capitol Hill starts with paying interns," 26 Dec. 2018 But a good Eames chair aside, nothing quite compares to a midcentury modern building. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 11 best midcentury modern homes of 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 And jokes aside, making this sort of data more accessible to customers can only be a good thing as our phones hold more and more of our personal data. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Apple’s latest government transparency report came with a slick new website," 21 Dec. 2018 So much so that, politics aside, Russia is currently basking in a warm glow. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Places Our Travel Specialists Say You Should Go in 2019," 17 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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