Meaning of “aside” in the English Dictionary

"aside" in British English

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uk /əˈsaɪd/ us /əˈsaɪd/

aside adverb (TO ONE SIDE)

B2 on or to one side:

Stand aside, please, and let these people pass.
He pulled the curtain aside.
I gave her a plate of food but she pushed it aside.
I've forgotten my wallet, so could you put this book aside (= keep this book) for me and I'll come back later on.
She took me aside (= took me away from the other people) to tell me the news.
put/set sth aside

B2 If you put/set aside money, you save it for a particular purpose:

Every week I put aside some money for a new TV.
leave/put sth aside

If you leave or put a problem or request aside, you ignore it until you are able to solve it:

Let's leave that matter aside for now and talk about the more urgent problem facing us.

More examples

  • The crowd watched as the referee drew the player aside and spoke to him.
  • They elbowed the onlookers aside.
  • Stand aside, please, so the doctor can get through.
  • In all seriousness now - joking aside - I do think there's a problem here that we've got to get sorted.
  • She laid aside her book and went to answer the phone.

asidenoun [ C ]

uk /əˈsaɪd/ us /əˈsaɪd/

(Definition of “aside” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"aside" in American English

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asideadverb [ not gradable ]

us /əˈsɑɪd/

on or to one side:

I pushed aside the curtain and looked out the window.
I took her aside (= out of hearing distance of other people) to tell her to behave herself.
The governor wants to set aside (= keep separate and not spend) $50 million for emergencies.


(Definition of “aside” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)