\ ˈset-ə-ˌsīd How to pronounce set-aside (audio) \

Definition of set-aside

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

First Known Use of set-aside

1943, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Set-aside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of set-aside

: something that is saved and used for a particular purpose especially, US : a program that requires jobs, money, etc., to be saved for people who have not been given as much as others in the past
: a plan in the European Union in which farmers are paid not to grow a certain crop on a piece of land so that the price for that crop will not decrease too much
: a piece of land on which the crop is not grown

set aside

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Legal Definition of set aside

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

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