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English definition of “lay sth aside”

lay sth aside

verb uk phrasal verb with lay   /leɪ/ (laid) us  

(STOP)

to stop doing or thinking about something, usually for a short period of time: He's temporarily laid aside some quite interesting projects to write the script.

(MONEY)

to keep something, usually money, for use in the future: She's trying to lay something aside (= save some money) for her retirement.
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