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

Most of the gains came from employees setting aside more of their pay for their retirement plans. BostonGlobe.com, "GE’s latest sales piece: a slice of its aviation lending unit," 30 Aug. 2019 All joking aside, The Aristocrats often have audiences squealing with delight. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Aristocrats soar with new album, tour, and rubber pig solos," 29 Aug. 2019 Controversy aside, Forever 21 is one of the retail industry's biggest remaining real estate tenants in the shopping mall industry, according to Bloomberg. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "New Reports Claim Forever 21 Is Preparing to File for Bankruptcy," 29 Aug. 2019 His job on Strahan, Sara, and Keke aside, Michael's got an exciting new project to happy dance about. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'GMA' Star Michael Strahan Went Into SERIOUS 'Magic Mike' Mode on One Audience Member," 28 Aug. 2019 Shoveling aside nearly half a meter of old goat droppings and sieving through sediment, the team unearthed the nearly complete skull of an enigmatic human ancestor, the oldest member of the genus that eventually led to our own. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "Stunning ancient skull shakes up human family tree," 28 Aug. 2019 At a recent news conference, a journalist urged the President to leave his talking points aside to address the Argentines facing hardship, who go home to an empty fridge or are unable to afford other essentials. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, "Argentina Considers a Return to Peronism," 28 Aug. 2019 Studying and repetition aside, a quarterback still has to make the throws. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "For record-setting Fairview QB Aidan Atkinson, every play is a problem with a solution. “You just got to find it.”," 28 Aug. 2019 Longa’s status aside, there’s not much debate about what the Lions do at linebacker. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions' 53-man roster prediction: Tough decisions on defense await," 27 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The special’s few standout spots occur when Chappelle offers asides reflecting on his own wealth or his previous financial hardships. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Dave Chappelle Doubles Down," 28 Aug. 2019 Like Bull Durham, the film's highlights are the locker room scenes, the team bus rides, the personal asides — who says women don't bond? Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, "'A League of Their Own': THR's 1992 Review," 1 July 2019 Waxman writes with a wry remove, jumping wittily between her character’s thoughts and adding in plenty of asides about everything from Los Angeles neighborhoods to bookstore shoppers to literature. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Hot Stuff: July romances offer 'knotty' self-discovery," 30 July 2019 Green, the gang’s resident outsider, is especially sharp with his wry, self-deprecating delivery, and Garth is funnier than she ever was allowed to be as Kelly, tossing off comedic asides with unexpected precision. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, "BH90210 will make you confront your mortality (in a good way)," 6 Aug. 2019 Spektor added adorable asides throughout the rendition, and both put their sweet friendship on display. Gab Ginsberg, Billboard, "Regina Spektor and Linda Cardellini Perform Surprise Duet at Singer's Broadway Show," 26 June 2019 His desperate attempts to document his days elucidate the anger, fear, and frustration of dementia, often creating asides between the reader and author that the protagonist isn’t privy to. Alana Mohamed, The Atlantic, "Inside the Head of an Aging Serial Killer," 11 June 2019 In later novels especially, Segal writes mostly in the third person, at a distance, with the occasional aside for thoughts. Madeleine Schwartz, Harper's magazine, "Warm, Weird, Effervescent," 10 June 2019 Rather than lean on the Donald Trump angle, since the president once took out ads in New York newspapers calling for the boys’ deaths, DuVernay wisely underplays the connection with an ironic aside. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "Scenes from 2019: Seven TV moments to relish," 18 July 2019

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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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