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English definition of “side”

side

noun [C]
 
 
/saɪd/
PART OF SOMETHING A2 one of the two parts that something would divide into if you drew a line down the middle: In most countries people drive on the right side of the road. Which side of the bed do you sleep on? They were on the other side of the room.Surfaces of objectsEdges and extremities of objectsWords meaning parts of things
SURFACE A2 a flat, outer surface of an object, especially one that is not its top, bottom, front, or back: The ingredients are listed on the side of the box. The side of the car was badly scratched.Surfaces of objectsEdges and extremities of objectsWords meaning parts of things
EDGE A2 one edge of something: A square has four sides. There were chairs round the sides of the room.Surfaces of objectsEdges and extremities of objects
NEXT TO SOMETHING B1 the area next to something: trees growing by the side of the road There were flowers in pots on either side of the front door.Next to and beside
PAPER/COIN ETC A2 either of the two surfaces of a thin, flat object such as a piece of paper or a coin: Write on both sides of the paper.Surfaces of objectsEdges and extremities of objectsWords meaning parts of things
ARGUMENT B2 one of the people or groups who are arguing, fighting, or competing: Whose side is he on? Whenever we argue he always takes Alice's side (= gives support to Alice).Fighting
TEAM UK the players in a sports team: He's been selected for the national side.Competitors and participants in sports and games
PART OF A SITUATION B2 part of a situation that can be considered or dealt with separately: She looks after the financial side of things.Situations and circumstances
CHARACTER B2 a part of someone's character: She has a very practical side.Mind and personalityScience of psychology and psychoanalysis
BODY the two areas of your body from under your arms to the tops of your legs: Stand with your arms by your sides. She lay on her side.Words meaning parts of thingsRelating to particular parts of the body
STORY B2 Someone's side of a story is the way in which they explain how something happened: I thought I'd better listen to Clare's side of the story. So far they'd only heard the story from the wife's side.Reasons and explanations
TELEVISION/RADIO UK a number on a television that you can choose in order to receive a broadcast: Which side is the film on?Television
from side to side B2 If something moves from side to side, it moves from left to right and back again repeatedly: swinging from side to sideBackwards, sideways and back and forth
side by side B2 If two things or people are side by side, they are next to each other: sitting side by side on the sofa Alex laid them down side by side on the table.Next to and beside
RELATIVES the part of your family who are either your mother's relatives or your father's relatives: They tend to be tall on my mother's side of the family.Family relations in general
→ See also the flip side, err on the side of caution, on the side, put sth to one side
(Definition of side from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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