Definition of aside in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈsīd/


1To one side; out of the way: he pushed his plate aside they stood aside to let a car pass she must put aside all her antagonistic feelings
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  • As Julie faces a possible future without the love of her life, she must push her fears aside and stand by Luke through thick and thin.
  • No matter what feelings she was going through, she needed to put them aside and fight along side her brother.
  • She mentally pushed the pain aside and stood slowly.
to one side, to the side, on one side;
apart, away, separately
1.1In reserve; for future use: she set aside some money for rent
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  • All insurance companies have special experts called actuaries, who assess how much money needs to be put aside in reserve for future claims against an insurance company.
  • It is never too soon to start putting money aside for your future.
  • The upcoming wedding is eating into the couple's savings, making it a challenge to put aside money for the future.
1.2Used to indicate that one is dismissing something from consideration, or that one is shifting from one topic or tone of discussion to another: joking aside, I’ve certainly had my fill
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  • Leaving aside potential issues with subject matter, it's a bit of a one-trick horse, isn't it, with the flashbacks and all?
  • We are speeding up, and given this rate we should catch up pretty quick - even leaving aside the new wildly new cool things we are planning to launch in the next few months.
  • But all joking aside, most of the celebrities we spoke to agreed that America made its decision, and it was definitely time to move forward.
apart, notwithstanding


1A remark or passage by a character in a play that is intended to be heard by the audience but unheard by the other characters in the play.
Example sentences
  • The revenger also usually had a very close relationship with the audience through soliloquies and asides.
  • He created a half-dozen memorable characters that often winked and made funny, out-of-context asides to the audience, and no one topped him at ad-libbing.
  • This adaptation emphasises the inherent humour of the play, especially in the devil's asides and monologues.
whispered remark, confidential remark, stage whisper;
digression, incidental remark, obiter dictum
1.1A remark not intended to be heard by everyone present: “Does that make him a murderer?” whispered Alice in an aside to Fred
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  • She felt herself unable to face the whispered asides and scornful remarks which would accompany her acceptance of any offer.
  • The distressed skipper heard an aside which sounded something like - ‘that tells us a lot’.
2A remark that is not directly related to the main topic of discussion: the recipe book has little asides about the importance of home and family
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  • One wonders what these asides are supposed to achieve.
  • You'll have to tolerate the digressions, the asides, the off-the-cuff remarks.
  • The next three posts will be a detailed account of the lectures and the question-and-answer session, with comments about the audience and a few asides from me.



aside from

chiefly North American Apart from.
Example sentences
  • There may be little new here aside from his emphasis on long range planning over short term gains.
  • Of the eight or so people who were in the room already, only one other kid aside from me was off alone.
  • I have been through emotional agony in almost every relationship with men, aside from my father and Robert.
apart from, besides, in addition to, not counting, barring, other than, but (for), excluding, not including, except (for), excepting, leaving out, save (for)

take (or draw) someone aside

Move someone away from a group of people in order to talk privately.
Example sentences
  • I wanted to hurt the man for making my mother cry, but she took me aside as the group moved what they were carrying over to the side of the house.
  • Otto then grabbed the little man by his collar and took him aside.
  • Then, just as he was preparing for his most significant challenge yet, the manager took him aside in August to inform him of an imminent signing.


Middle English (originally on side): see a-2, side.

Words that rhyme with aside

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Syllabification: a·side

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