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English definition of “set sth aside”

set sth aside

(IGNORE) phrasal verb with set     /set/ verb (present participle setting, past tense and past participle set)
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 .Neglecting and ignoringNot paying attentionTreating as unimportant 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 ?Neglecting and ignoringNot paying attentionTreating as unimportant
(Definition of set sth aside (IGNORE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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