Definition of aside in English:

aside

adverb

  • 1To one side; out of the way:

    ‘he pushed his plate aside’
    ‘they stood aside to let a car pass’
    ‘she must put aside all her antagonistic feelings’
    • ‘Someone pushed the guy aside and stood in the doorway.’
    • ‘We must put our differences and criticisms aside and stand together against our common foes.’
    • ‘Challenging the onslaught of modern fashion, the ancient art of henna design still stands ground, refusing to be pushed aside.’
    • ‘Her father pushed aside a plate full of sandwiches, and went through the report thoughtfully, while listening to her narration.’
    • ‘Casting the lectern aside, he stood at the front of the stage, oozing boyish charm and melting more than a few hearts in the audience.’
    • ‘He ate only a little before pushing his plate aside.’
    • ‘It was an occasion when both sides put aside political controversies to seek solutions.’
    • ‘Evan put his program on hold and pushed the monitor aside, standing up to stretch.’
    • ‘She mentally pushed the pain aside and stood slowly.’
    • ‘Ruth looked at her coldly, pushed her plate aside and stormed out.’
    • ‘As Julie faces a possible future without the love of her life, she must push her fears aside and stand by Luke through thick and thin.’
    • ‘Mary pushed aside the curtain and stood looking out into the front yard.’
    • ‘Get used to pushing your plate aside when you've had enough.’
    • ‘Observers say for this plan to succeed, all sides must put aside their reservations and return to the negotiating table.’
    • ‘After they finished eating, they pushed their plates aside.’
    • ‘He pushed the blankets aside and stood as his mother left.’
    • ‘Lift the meat out of the pot and set it aside on a plate.’
    • ‘He laid his knife and fork in a precise X on his plate and pushed it aside.’
    • ‘No matter what feelings she was going through, she needed to put them aside and fight along side her brother.’
    • ‘I tossed the useless tent stake aside and stood up, wiping the sweat off my face.’
    to one side, to the side
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    1. 1.1 In reserve; for future use:
      ‘she set aside some money for rent’
      • ‘I think it is a reasonable and economically responsible move to put funding aside for future public service superannuation.’
      • ‘We are paying off an extra billion of debt, and we are putting much of the rest aside against the future needs of this possible downturn.’
      • ‘The upcoming wedding is eating into the couple's savings, making it a challenge to put aside money for the future.’
      • ‘Even among those who are putting money aside for their future, many are simply not saving enough.’
      • ‘Other countries, worried about trade deficits, are trying to trim them and put aside reserves.’
      • ‘Moreover, new accounting rules mean even larger sums need to be put aside for reserves.’
      • ‘If you stay within your budget, there may be an opportunity for you to set money aside for future purchases.’
      • ‘All insurance companies have special experts called actuaries, who assess how much money needs to be put aside in reserve for future claims against an insurance company.’
      • ‘I had reserve chapters put aside in case of writer's block.’
      • ‘This period is a boon for advisers as all sorts of self-employed workers try to minimise this year's tax bill by setting aside income for future pensions.’
      • ‘Quite simply, when consumers see their own homes appreciating in value, they feel less inclination to put aside income for the future.’
      • ‘It is never too soon to start putting money aside for your future.’
      • ‘May we therefore set it aside for the future preparation of this appeal?’
      • ‘That requires some sort of reserve being put aside.’
      • ‘Bills or no bills you've got to put something aside for the future.’
      • ‘Around the turn of the century, when the nation began setting aside forest reserves, professional foresters debated whether fire was good or bad.’
      • ‘These are a unique group of cells that the embryo sets aside for future reproduction.’
      • ‘Though I well understand the need to put aside for the future, how can I when almost all my income goes into feeding and housing my family?’
      • ‘Where then are the reserves put aside to cover the employee?’
      • ‘Now that you know how to track and control your spending, it's time to start setting aside extra for the future.’
    2. 1.2 Used to indicate that one is dismissing a topic or changing to a new subject:
      ‘joking aside, I've certainly had my fill’
      • ‘That faux pas aside, this book is entertaining, educational, and highly recommended as a worthy investment of one's time and effort.’
      • ‘A handful of side quests aside, the main plot is completely linear and the approaches to the missions themselves give the player few options.’
      • ‘Leaving aside potential issues with subject matter, it's a bit of a one-trick horse, isn't it, with the flashbacks and all?’
      • ‘This may be because he simply wasn't as good as the others, but leaving aside such value judgements, his position in history wasn't helped by the fact that many of his works were destroyed in a fire.’
      • ‘Leaving aside the fact that there are major road and infrastructural deficiencies this is completely contrary to the greater public interest.’
      • ‘All joking aside though, the touch technology provides measurable quantitative differences in the efficiency by which people can complete that kind of task.’
      • ‘But all joking aside, this is a positive thing for my family, and a blessing of an opportunity for my family to be closer again.’
      • ‘Joking aside, we hope they all had a lovely time.’
      • ‘To begin with, local organizations often must put aside historical antagonisms among potential members.’
      • ‘Leaving aside major humanitarian and social issues, what aspects of everyday life would you cheerfully throw out and consider the world to be a better place without them?’
      • ‘But, leaving aside social issues, the transformation is striking.’
      • ‘Errors aside, the book is distractingly overwritten.’
      • ‘But all joking aside, most of the celebrities we spoke to agreed that America made its decision, and it was definitely time to move forward.’
      • ‘As such, even leaving aside the ethics of the thing, I sometimes wonder how historians manage to keep their jobs after trashing their primary source material.’
      • ‘We are speeding up, and given this rate we should catch up pretty quick - even leaving aside the new wildly new cool things we are planning to launch in the next few months.’
      • ‘But, putting aside the commercial side of the story, it's always nice and exciting to have a meeting with Santa, whatever age you are.’
      • ‘The respectability of conspiracy theories in that sense (leaving aside sheer insanities) is surprisingly relative.’
      • ‘Leaving aside the practical problem of how on earth he could force them to stay, let alone be productive labour, the source for this claim is entirely unreliable.’
      • ‘That strikes me as pretty good going and, leaving aside the question of the value of public transport, should please any supporter of the free market, in transport or otherwise.’
      • ‘Joking aside, he says the weekly meetings at his club are not just a forum for discussion, but change.’
      apart, notwithstanding
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noun

  • 1A remark or passage in a play that is intended to be heard by the audience but is supposed to be unheard by the other characters in the play:

    ‘Shakespeare's use of asides and soliloquies’
    • ‘The clever asides that create a covert intimacy with the audience were too quick for the vocal transitions, if any, to register.’
    • ‘With no asides and soliloquies, nothing is put in to sweeten the pill.’
    • ‘They are constantly aware that they are in the midst of a movie, and some of the funniest laughs come from their asides to the audience.’
    • ‘His musical set-pieces, as well as character asides in the form of short monologue, are a delight to watch.’
    • ‘The vibrant cast in modern dress hurl contemporary references, songs, slang and asides into Shakespeare's verse, accentuating the comic and the physical.’
    • ‘The asides to the audience from many of the performers were hilarious but their faces never slipped and they played their parts straight down the line.’
    • ‘It takes more than a nice tan, a good smile, and some flashy tapered jeans to pull off the stopping of time to make asides to the audience.’
    • ‘More of the changes had to do with breaking the fourth wall and actually interacting with the audience or making critical asides about certain actions and speeches.’
    • ‘He created a half-dozen memorable characters that often winked and made funny, out-of-context asides to the audience, and no one topped him at ad-libbing.’
    • ‘He uses a language that is accessible to a larger audience, and more suited to humorous asides.’
    • ‘There is a fair amount of ludicrous drag, broad farce, heart-rending, bosom-heaving dramatics and pithy asides to an appreciative audience.’
    • ‘The revenger also usually had a very close relationship with the audience through soliloquies and asides.’
    • ‘The text is delivered in a conversational manner, with frequent asides directed to the audience.’
    • ‘It is true, of course, that Shakespeare's dramaturgy allows him soliloquies and asides that make it easier to dramatize thought, but Hamlet's thoughts are still necessarily externalized.’
    • ‘Rather than letting such asides dominate his material, Hamilton cleverly weaves them into the overall flow.’
    • ‘This adaptation emphasises the inherent humour of the play, especially in the devil's asides and monologues.’
    • ‘They weren't just asides to give voice to the feelings of the characters.’
    • ‘Typically, viewers gain this knowledge through one character's asides or soliloquies of which other characters are unaware or through the use of a chorus commenting on events as they unfold on the stage.’
    • ‘In a number of asides, the magicians joke with the women in the audience, insinuating that Platonic love, although delightful in theory, is unlikely to satisfy their every need.’
    • ‘Audiences were called out during monologues or asides.’
    whispered remark, confidential remark, stage whisper
    soliloquy, monologue, apostrophe
    casual remark, throwaway line
    digression, parenthetic remark, incidental remark, obiter dictum, deviation, departure, red herring, excursus
    excursion
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    1. 1.1 An incidental remark, or one not intended to be heard by everyone present:
      ‘‘Does that make him a murderer?’ whispered Alice in an aside to Fred’
      • ‘She felt herself unable to face the whispered asides and scornful remarks which would accompany her acceptance of any offer.’
      • ‘The distressed skipper heard an aside which sounded something like - ‘that tells us a lot’.’

Origin

Middle English (originally on side): see a, side.

Pronunciation:

aside

/əˈsʌɪd/