step aside


stepped aside; stepping aside; steps aside

intransitive verb

: to withdraw from one's position or occupation : step down

Examples of step aside in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a settlement, Musk was forced to step aside as chairman for three years and personally pay a $20 million fine, with Tesla fined an additional $20 million. Dhruv Mehrotra, WIRED, 22 Nov. 2023 The pro-Palestine protest was a tide that asked you to step aside. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 15 Nov. 2023 This also means that the directors, writers, producers and artisans who had been pushed into the limelight to promote their wares will now have to step aside a bit as stars once again take the limelight. Michael Schneider, Variety, 9 Nov. 2023 Some ethics experts have argued that the justices as a group should sometimes decide whether one of them has a conflict of interest that would call for stepping aside in a particular case. David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times, 13 Nov. 2023 But a judge could be asked to step aside because of prior rulings that cast doubt on their ability to be impartial. Devlin Barrett, Washington Post, 5 Nov. 2023 Here’s the new Xbox org chart: Image: Microsoft Over on the marketing side, chief marketing officer Capossela is stepping aside to make way for Takeshi Numoto. Tom Warren, The Verge, 26 Oct. 2023 Senate Democrats had asked Justice Samuel Alito to step aside from the case because of his interactions with David Rivkin, another lawyer who also is representing the Moores. Mark Sherman, Fortune, 16 Oct. 2023 The rules say a member of Republican leadership should step aside if indicted for a felony for which a sentence of two or more years imprisonment may be imposed, which would disqualify the former president. Lalee Ibssa, ABC News, 6 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of step aside was in 1949

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“Step aside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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