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set sth aside

verb uk phrasal verb with set   /set/ (present participle setting, past tense and past participle set) us  

(PURPOSE)

to save something, usually money or time, for a special purpose: He had some money in an account that he'd set aside for his kids. [+ to infinitive] I set aside half an hour every evening to hear Erik read.

(LEGAL DECISION)

If a judge or court sets aside a previous decision or judgment, they state that it does not now have any legal effect, usually because they consider it to have been wrong: The Court of Appeal set aside his conviction.

(IGNORE)

to decide that you will not be influenced by your own feelings or opinions because they are not important at a particular time: In times of war people tend to set aside political differences. to ignore or not think about a particular fact or situation while considering a matter: Setting aside the question of cost, what do you think of the idea in principle?
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