: something (such as a portion of receipts or production) that is set aside for a specified purpose
: a program requiring a percentage of opportunities (as for jobs or funding) to be reserved for an underrepresented group

Examples of set-aside in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even more controversial has been the state’s year-old Live Local Act, which overrides local zoning rules in commercial and industrial districts to encourage developers to supersize projects that include certain set-asides for middle-class housing. Andres Viglucci, Miami Herald, 29 Mar. 2024 There are also set-aside times a year for adult-only bookings. Madison Roberts, Peoplemag, 8 Feb. 2024 The law allocated most of the money to permanent housing, with set-asides for unique populations like families and youth, and some for shelter. Mallory Moench, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 May 2023 The move will expand the police set-asides from 100 to 150 beds. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Oct. 2023 The teachers’ union is also pushing for more time for professional development and grading, saying current set-asides are among the metro area’s lowest. oregonlive, 1 Sep. 2023 Governments and advocates are left with the small bargaining chips of incentives and a little leverage from zoning variances that lead to poor-door set-asides, some of which — like this one — yield results. Curbed, 1 Aug. 2023 Timing of embarking on an EB-5 project is important, for example, these set-asides are available this year but may not be in future years. Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of set-aside was in 1943

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“Set-aside.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/set-aside. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition

set aside

transitive verb
: to disagree with and overturn (a decision or act of a lower tribunal) upon review : overrule, vacate
set aside the decree
: to deprive of legal effect or force : annul, void
may set aside the contract

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