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 The country’s president issued a stern statement urging all players to put party politics aside in the interest of stability. New York Times, 9 Oct. 2021 Elisha Lucero was known in her family as a painter, a fisherwoman and a caretaker who had put aside her ambitions to nurse relatives through bouts of poor health. Washington Post, 9 Oct. 2021 The Senate passed legislation Thursday to raise the debt ceiling through early December, after a small cluster of Republicans temporarily put aside their objections and allowed action to stave off the threat of a first federal default. BostonGlobe.com, 8 Oct. 2021 With a few ex-pros on the Stars, the players put aside their egos for the good of the team to play for each other. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, 7 Oct. 2021 Five opposition parties with policies closer to the European Union’s mainstream have put aside their differences to create two coalitions aimed at ousting the euroskeptic prime minister from power. Karel Janicek, ajc, 6 Oct. 2021 Republican and Democratic leaders put partisanship aside during an outpouring of support for Mrs. DeSantis on social media. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 6 Oct. 2021 But when asked to put all that outside noise aside, even still, Johnson said his mind wasn't quite ready to commit. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Oct. 2021 The country put aside partisan differences and worked to help the U.S. return to normalcy. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 5 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As an aside, per the news, apparently, there was no intoxication involved on the part of the Mini Cooper driver. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 The new formula removes the set-aside given to the National Capital Arts Cohort (NCAC), a group of the city’s major performing arts and exhibition institutions, including Studio Theatre, the National Building Museum and Washington Performing Arts. Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2021 As an aside, this dismal benefit/cost reality applies to international climate policy proposals also. Benjamin Zycher, National Review, 13 Aug. 2021 As an aside, my favorite moment of the episode was Imani and Trig gently ribbing Jake about not knowing how to dance. Nina Metz, chicagotribune.com, 12 July 2021 Now for an aside on the Hoover Dam, government spending and climate change. Zachary B. Wolf, CNN, 19 June 2021 Upon the arbitrator’s decision, Arum said the promotion would not pay Wilder a step-aside fee, so the trilogy became Fury’s next-best move. Anthony Stitt, Forbes, 21 May 2021 Khartash begins her backstory glancingly, almost as an aside. David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2021 As an aside, this news gets me particularly emotional because this issue was my Andrew's life's work. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 10 May 2021

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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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The first known use of aside was in the 14th century

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aside from

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“Aside.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aside. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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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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