Definition of aside in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘Challenging the onslaught of modern fashion, the ancient art of henna design still stands ground, refusing to be pushed aside.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He ate only a little before pushing his plate aside.’
    • ‘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 laid his knife and fork in a precise X on his plate and pushed it aside.’
    • ‘Get used to pushing your plate aside when you've had enough.’
    • ‘She mentally pushed the pain aside and stood slowly.’
    • ‘Observers say for this plan to succeed, all sides must put aside their reservations and return to the negotiating table.’
    • ‘Someone pushed the guy aside and stood in the doorway.’
    • ‘Evan put his program on hold and pushed the monitor aside, standing up to stretch.’
    • ‘We must put our differences and criticisms aside and stand together against our common foes.’
    • ‘Her father pushed aside a plate full of sandwiches, and went through the report thoughtfully, while listening to her narration.’
    • ‘After they finished eating, they pushed their plates aside.’
    • ‘He pushed the blankets aside and stood as his mother left.’
    • ‘Mary pushed aside the curtain and stood looking out into the front yard.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I tossed the useless tent stake aside and stood up, wiping the sweat off my face.’
    • ‘Ruth looked at her coldly, pushed her plate aside and stormed out.’
    • ‘No matter what feelings she was going through, she needed to put them aside and fight along side her brother.’
    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’
      • ‘These are a unique group of cells that the embryo sets aside for future reproduction.’
      • ‘The upcoming wedding is eating into the couple's savings, making it a challenge to put aside money for the future.’
      • ‘That requires some sort of reserve being put aside.’
      • ‘Around the turn of the century, when the nation began setting aside forest reserves, professional foresters debated whether fire was good or bad.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I think it is a reasonable and economically responsible move to put funding aside for future public service superannuation.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is never too soon to start putting money aside for your future.’
      • ‘Moreover, new accounting rules mean even larger sums need to be put aside for reserves.’
      • ‘I had reserve chapters put aside in case of writer's block.’
      • ‘Now that you know how to track and control your spending, it's time to start setting aside extra 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘May we therefore set it aside for the future preparation of this appeal?’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The respectability of conspiracy theories in that sense (leaving aside sheer insanities) is surprisingly relative.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A handful of side quests aside, the main plot is completely linear and the approaches to the missions themselves give the player few options.’
      • ‘Joking aside, he says the weekly meetings at his club are not just a forum for discussion, but change.’
      • ‘Joking aside, we hope they all had a lovely time.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But, leaving aside social issues, the transformation is striking.’
      • ‘Leaving aside potential issues with subject matter, it's a bit of a one-trick horse, isn't it, with the flashbacks and all?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To begin with, local organizations often must put aside historical antagonisms among potential members.’
      • ‘Errors aside, the book is distractingly overwritten.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 all joking aside, most of the celebrities we spoke to agreed that America made its decision, and it was definitely time to move forward.’
      • ‘That faux pas aside, this book is entertaining, educational, and highly recommended as a worthy investment of one's time and effort.’
      apart, notwithstanding
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  • 1A remark or passage in a play that is intended to be heard by the audience but unheard by the other characters in the play.

    ‘Shakespeare's use of asides and soliloquies’
    • ‘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 text is delivered in a conversational manner, with frequent asides directed to the audience.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They weren't just asides to give voice to the feelings of the characters.’
    • ‘The vibrant cast in modern dress hurl contemporary references, songs, slang and asides into Shakespeare's verse, accentuating the comic and the physical.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His musical set-pieces, as well as character asides in the form of short monologue, are a delight to watch.’
    • ‘With no asides and soliloquies, nothing is put in to sweeten the pill.’
    • ‘He uses a language that is accessible to a larger audience, and more suited to humorous asides.’
    • ‘The clever asides that create a covert intimacy with the audience were too quick for the vocal transitions, if any, to register.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Audiences were called out during monologues or asides.’
    • ‘The revenger also usually had a very close relationship with the audience through soliloquies and asides.’
    whispered remark, confidential remark, stage whisper
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    1. 1.1 A remark 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’.’
    2. 1.2 A remark that is not directly related to the main topic of discussion.
      ‘the recipe book has little asides about the importance of home and family’
      • ‘In other instances, the tangential asides and interruptions that characterize any conversation are more distracting than helpful.’
      • ‘Frequently this soliloquy was peppered with incidental asides about the neighbour's dog, the mean man at the bus station and various other thinly veiled references to how hard her life was.’
      • ‘The book offers good intentions, fascinating asides and digressions, and competent plot summary, along with textual analysis often marred by unsupported conjecture.’
      • ‘As an aside: anthropology books make excellent pillows as well.’
      • ‘These lengthy asides are the book's most consistent flaw.’
      • ‘You'll have to tolerate the digressions, the asides, the off-the-cuff remarks.’
      • ‘He wanders into pointless asides, conspiracy theories and even presumes to lecture the audience about its loyalty to Canada.’
      • ‘There are in these uninterrupted hundred minutes valuable insights, humorous anecdotes, pertinent and impertinent asides.’
      • ‘This is a fantastic, weird, warped and richly indulgent book, full of authorial asides and the occasional rant: it centres around ideas of politics, war and ritual.’
      • ‘However, some editing would not be amiss, as each piece continues long after its point has been made, with too many digressions and asides.’
      • ‘The little asides about people are what make the book so memorable.’
      • ‘He made dry asides to reporters at City Hall events, and freely distributed his pager number immediately after taking the oath.’
      • ‘At the beginning, such reviews were a blend of descriptive reports and theoretical asides, frequently not devoid of controversy.’
      • ‘An aside from this is that I once dated a girl who had this tiny, adorable little gap on her top row.’
      • ‘Actual licenses, annotated and explained, are the body of the book with plenty of legal asides and some gentle (legally-phrased) criticism where necessary.’
      • ‘It contains many gems, some of which are asides about how books can be dangerous in unexpected ways.’
      • ‘One wonders what these asides are supposed to achieve.’
      • ‘Whether delivering information, opinions, perspectives, dissenting arguments, or humorous asides, the human voice is typically open, natural, uncontrived.’
      • ‘The next three posts will be a detailed account of the lectures and the question-and-answer session, with comments about the audience and a few asides from me.’


  • aside from

    • Apart from.

      ‘aside from gain the commoner motives for murder are anger and jealousy’
      • ‘The others detract, receive value or stand aside from the work of the first group.’
      • ‘It's a an exciting pageant of anniversaries this week, even aside from my own birthday.’
      • ‘What conclusions can be drawn from this aside from that it is wise to get a full night of sleep?’
      • ‘Anna was average looking, aside from her large ears that seemed to stick out a lot to her.’
      • ‘There may be little new here aside from his emphasis on long range planning over short term gains.’
      • ‘Of the eight or so people who were in the room already, only one other kid aside from me was off alone.’
      • ‘I have been through emotional agony in almost every relationship with men, aside from my father and Robert.’
      • ‘His jovial manner and friendly approach sets him aside from all others that ever worked in town.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, it's there and it's giving me no trouble, aside from still being sore.’
      • ‘I remember little of the evening aside from this fact, and am consequently suffering today.’
      • ‘The real beauty of the play, aside from its razor-sharp comedy, is its persuasiveness.’
      • ‘The good thing is, aside from some privacy, you don't have to hear a roommate's snore.’
      • ‘When he opened the wooden doors he was able to see one set of clothes set aside from the others.’
      • ‘The only thing they had in common, aside from playing music, was that they played it too loud.’
      • ‘In fact, aside from the occasional pan of seafood, Jonathan is virtually vegetarian.’
      • ‘A full scale search was launched and thankfully she was found unharmed, aside from suffering from the cold.’
      • ‘Yes, it's a tall building, but aside from that what would make it a notable target?’
      • ‘I don't use transport very often, aside from the occasional trip on one of London's tube trains.’
      • ‘The exhibit spans multiple rooms and displays many works aside from the pop art he is most famous for.’
      • ‘The three acre campsite was completely empty, aside from the one family.’
      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 privately.

      ‘he took him aside and urged him to quit wasting his time and talent’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She took me aside and told me it was important that we stock his latest book prominantly in time for the holiday season.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He took me aside and said, ‘John, would you trust me to do some things here that I think are necessary?’’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘It was great to have some thanks and my boss took me aside to thank me for my contribution to achieving the targets.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One day the warden actually took me aside and said he thought for my own mental welfare that I shouldn't stay there.’
      • ‘That night, Thad took me aside, out into the alley behind the kitchen.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He drew Harry aside so they could speak privately.’
      • ‘Otto then grabbed the little man by his collar and took him aside.’
      • ‘His first day on campus, a counsellor took him aside, looked him in the eye and said: ‘Your kind never make it here.’’
      • ‘But when I took him aside that afternoon he confessed that his right side felt weak.’
      • ‘I couldn't really relax, but Wes took me aside and said, ‘Look, you're here.’’


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