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’
    • ‘Get used to pushing your plate aside when you've had enough.’
    • ‘He ate only a little before pushing his plate aside.’
    • ‘She mentally pushed the pain aside and stood slowly.’
    • ‘Evan put his program on hold and pushed the monitor aside, standing up to stretch.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We must put our differences and criticisms aside and stand together against our common foes.’
    • ‘No matter what feelings she was going through, she needed to put them aside and fight along side her brother.’
    • ‘Challenging the onslaught of modern fashion, the ancient art of henna design still stands ground, refusing to be pushed aside.’
    • ‘I tossed the useless tent stake aside and stood up, wiping the sweat off my face.’
    • ‘After they finished eating, they pushed their plates aside.’
    • ‘He laid his knife and fork in a precise X on his plate and pushed it aside.’
    • ‘Someone pushed the guy aside and stood in the doorway.’
    • ‘Observers say for this plan to succeed, all sides must put aside their reservations and return to the negotiating table.’
    • ‘Ruth looked at her coldly, pushed her plate aside and stormed out.’
    • ‘Lift the meat out of the pot and set it aside on a plate.’
    • ‘It was an occasion when both sides put aside political controversies to seek solutions.’
    • ‘He pushed the blankets aside and stood as his mother left.’
    • ‘Her father pushed aside a plate full of sandwiches, and went through the report thoughtfully, while listening to her narration.’
    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’
      • ‘Now that you know how to track and control your spending, it's time to start setting aside extra for the future.’
      • ‘These are a unique group of cells that the embryo sets aside for future reproduction.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If you stay within your budget, there may be an opportunity for you to set money aside for future purchases.’
      • ‘Bills or no bills you've got to put something aside for the future.’
      • ‘That requires some sort of reserve being put aside.’
      • ‘Moreover, new accounting rules mean even larger sums need to be put aside for reserves.’
      • ‘It is never too soon to start putting money aside for your future.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘May we therefore set it aside for the future preparation of this appeal?’
      • ‘I think it is a reasonable and economically responsible move to put funding aside for future public service superannuation.’
      • ‘Other countries, worried about trade deficits, are trying to trim them and put aside reserves.’
      • ‘I had reserve chapters put aside in case of writer's block.’
      • ‘Quite simply, when consumers see their own homes appreciating in value, they feel less inclination to put aside income for the future.’
      • ‘Where then are the reserves put aside to cover the employee?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Even among those who are putting money aside for their future, many are simply not saving enough.’
      • ‘Around the turn of the century, when the nation began setting aside forest reserves, professional foresters debated whether fire was good or bad.’
    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’
      • ‘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 all joking aside, this is a positive thing for my family, and a blessing of an opportunity for my family to be closer again.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The respectability of conspiracy theories in that sense (leaving aside sheer insanities) is surprisingly relative.’
      • ‘Leaving aside the fact that there are major road and infrastructural deficiencies this is completely contrary to the greater public interest.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But, leaving aside social issues, the transformation is striking.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All joking aside though, the touch technology provides measurable quantitative differences in the efficiency by which people can complete that kind of task.’
      • ‘Joking aside, he says the weekly meetings at his club are not just a forum for discussion, but change.’
      • ‘That faux pas aside, this book is entertaining, educational, and highly recommended as a worthy investment of one's time and effort.’
      • ‘Leaving aside potential issues with subject matter, it's a bit of a one-trick horse, isn't it, with the flashbacks and all?’
      • ‘A handful of side quests aside, the main plot is completely linear and the approaches to the missions themselves give the player few options.’
      • ‘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, we hope they all had a lovely time.’
      • ‘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.’
      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 vibrant cast in modern dress hurl contemporary references, songs, slang and asides into Shakespeare's verse, accentuating the comic and the physical.’
    • ‘He uses a language that is accessible to a larger audience, and more suited to humorous asides.’
    • ‘This adaptation emphasises the inherent humour of the play, especially in the devil's asides and monologues.’
    • ‘The revenger also usually had a very close relationship with the audience through soliloquies and asides.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They weren't just asides to give voice to the feelings of the characters.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is a fair amount of ludicrous drag, broad farce, heart-rending, bosom-heaving dramatics and pithy asides to an appreciative audience.’
    • ‘With no asides and soliloquies, nothing is put in to sweeten the pill.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Audiences were called out during monologues or asides.’
    • ‘The clever asides that create a covert intimacy with the audience were too quick for the vocal transitions, if any, to register.’
    • ‘Rather than letting such asides dominate his material, Hamilton cleverly weaves them into the overall flow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The text is delivered in a conversational manner, with frequent asides directed to the audience.’
    • ‘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.’
    whispered remark, confidential remark, stage whisper
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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’.’

Phrases

  • aside from

    • Apart from.

      ‘aside from gain the commoner motives for murder are anger and jealousy’
      • ‘Yes, it's a tall building, but aside from that what would make it a notable target?’
      • ‘A full scale search was launched and thankfully she was found unharmed, aside from suffering from the cold.’
      • ‘The real beauty of the play, aside from its razor-sharp comedy, is its persuasiveness.’
      • ‘In fact, aside from the occasional pan of seafood, Jonathan is virtually vegetarian.’
      • ‘What conclusions can be drawn from this aside from that it is wise to get a full night of sleep?’
      • ‘The three acre campsite was completely empty, aside from the one family.’
      • ‘When he opened the wooden doors he was able to see one set of clothes set aside from the others.’
      • ‘There may be little new here aside from his emphasis on long range planning over short term gains.’
      • ‘Anna was average looking, aside from her large ears that seemed to stick out a lot to her.’
      • ‘Of the eight or so people who were in the room already, only one other kid aside from me was off alone.’
      • ‘I remember little of the evening aside from this fact, and am consequently suffering today.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, it's there and it's giving me no trouble, aside from still being sore.’
      • ‘The others detract, receive value or stand aside from the work of the first group.’
      • ‘I don't use transport very often, aside from the occasional trip on one of London's tube trains.’
      • ‘I have been through emotional agony in almost every relationship with men, aside from my father and Robert.’
      • ‘The exhibit spans multiple rooms and displays many works aside from the pop art he is most famous for.’
      • ‘His jovial manner and friendly approach sets him aside from all others that ever worked in town.’
      • ‘The only thing they had in common, aside from playing music, was that they played it too loud.’
      • ‘It's a an exciting pageant of anniversaries this week, even aside from my own birthday.’
      • ‘The good thing is, aside from some privacy, you don't have to hear a roommate's snore.’
      apart from, besides, in addition to, over and above, beyond, not counting, leaving aside, barring, other than, but, but for, excluding, not including, without, with the exception of, except, except for, excepting, omitting, leaving out, short of, save, save for
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  • take (or draw) someone aside

    • Move someone away from a group of people in order to talk to them privately.

      ‘he took him aside and urged him to quit wasting his time and talent’
      • ‘That night, Thad took me aside, out into the alley behind the kitchen.’
      • ‘I couldn't really relax, but Wes took me aside and said, ‘Look, you're here.’’
      • ‘Then, just as he was preparing for his most significant challenge yet, the manager took him aside in August to inform him of an imminent signing.’
      • ‘Once, when I kept shifting off my alto line back to the melody line over and over again, he took me aside after the rehearsal and whispered, ‘Sing the melody.’’
      • ‘I'm pleased because I did not know at the start of this season if the manager was going to bring in somebody else but he took me aside and told me and this only raised my confidence.’
      • ‘His first day on campus, a counsellor took him aside, looked him in the eye and said: ‘Your kind never make it here.’’
      • ‘One day the warden actually took me aside and said he thought for my own mental welfare that I shouldn't stay there.’
      • ‘The lovely person I was performing with took me aside afterwards and told me several things.’
      • ‘He took me aside after a few weeks and said he did not think I was a right-back and I had to agree with him.’
      • ‘I frowned at her less than enthused reaction but before I could take her aside and call her on it she moved up to her oblivious family, politely greeting them with a false cheer that she obviously didn't feel.’
      • ‘For some reason, that scene wasn't entirely working in rehearsal, but Billy took Hayden aside and told him to play the scene as though he actually believed what he was saying.’
      • ‘I was coming out of a restaurant recently with my wife, and one of them took me aside and told me to be careful - he pointed out a guy nearby on a motorbike and said that he'd heard he planned to follow us.’
      • ‘But when I took him aside that afternoon he confessed that his right side felt weak.’
      • ‘He started to approach my Mom as if he was going to take her aside and engage her in a private conversation, but he didn't get the chance.’
      • ‘I wanted to hurt the man for making my mother cry, but she took me aside as the group moved what they were carrying over to the side of the house.’
      • ‘He drew Harry aside so they could speak privately.’
      • ‘He took me aside and said, ‘John, would you trust me to do some things here that I think are necessary?’’
      • ‘It was great to have some thanks and my boss took me aside to thank me for my contribution to achieving the targets.’
      • ‘She took me aside and told me it was important that we stock his latest book prominantly in time for the holiday season.’
      • ‘Otto then grabbed the little man by his collar and took him aside.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

aside

/əˈsʌɪd/