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side

noun  us   /sɑɪd/

side noun (SURFACE)

[C] a surface of something that is not the top or the bottom, or a surface of a flat object: Label all four sides of the box. I painted one side of the boat green to see if we like the color. The trail leads up the side of the mountain. Please write on only one side of the paper. [C] A side is also a surface that is not the front or the back: There’s a scratch on the side of my new bookcase.

side noun (EDGE)

[C] an edge or border of something: A square has four sides. We rested by the side of the river. There are trees on both sides of the road. geometry [C] A side is one of the edges of a flat surface.

side noun (NEXT POSITION)

[U] a place next to something: I have a small table by the side of my bed.a side of a side of some type of food is a small serving of food, esp. vegetables, served in addition to the main dish: I’ll have a side of onion rings.

side noun (PART)

[C] a part of something, esp. in relation to a real or imagined central line: the right/left side The swimming pool is on the other side of town. I’m Irish on my mother’s side (= her family is from Ireland). Children came running from all sides (= from many directions).

side noun (OPPOSING GROUP)

[C] one of two or more opposing groups or people: This is a war which neither side can win. Which side are you on (= Whom do you support)? fig. The other candidate had experience on his side (= as an advantage).

side noun (OPINION)

[C] an opinion held in an argument, or a way of considering something: There are two sides to every argument.

side noun (PERSONAL QUALITY)

[C] a part of someone’s character: He has a gentle side.

side

adjective  us   /sɑɪd/

side adjective (LESS IMPORTANT)

less important or smaller than the thing it is connected with: a side issue We parked on a side street.

side adjective (ON THE SIDE)

[not gradable] at, on, of, or in the side of something: a side view Please use the side entrance.

side

verb [I always + adv/prep]  us   /sɑɪd/

side verb [I always + adv/prep] (SUPPORT)

to support one person or group rather than another in an argument or war: Peter always sides with you.
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