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’
    • ‘After they finished eating, they pushed their plates aside.’
    • ‘Challenging the onslaught of modern fashion, the ancient art of henna design still stands ground, refusing to be pushed aside.’
    • ‘He laid his knife and fork in a precise X on his plate and pushed it aside.’
    • ‘Ruth looked at her coldly, pushed her plate aside and stormed out.’
    • ‘Her father pushed aside a plate full of sandwiches, and went through the report thoughtfully, while listening to her narration.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Someone pushed the guy aside and stood in the doorway.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mary pushed aside the curtain and stood looking out into the front yard.’
    • ‘She mentally pushed the pain aside and stood slowly.’
    • ‘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 pushed the blankets aside and stood as his mother left.’
    • ‘Get used to pushing your plate aside when you've had enough.’
    • ‘Lift the meat out of the pot and set it aside on a plate.’
    • ‘We must put our differences and criticisms aside and stand together against our common foes.’
    • ‘Observers say for this plan to succeed, all sides must put aside their reservations and return to the negotiating table.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He ate only a little before pushing his plate aside.’
    to one side, to the side
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    1. 1.1In 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.’
      • ‘The upcoming wedding is eating into the couple's savings, making it a challenge to put aside money for the future.’
      • ‘I had reserve chapters put aside in case of writer's block.’
      • ‘It is never too soon to start putting money aside for your future.’
      • ‘That requires some sort of reserve being put aside.’
      • ‘I think it is a reasonable and economically responsible move to put funding aside for future public service superannuation.’
      • ‘Around the turn of the century, when the nation began setting aside forest reserves, professional foresters debated whether fire was good or bad.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Moreover, new accounting rules mean even larger sums need to be put aside for reserves.’
      • ‘Even among those who are putting money aside for their future, many are simply not saving enough.’
      • ‘Quite simply, when consumers see their own homes appreciating in value, they feel less inclination to put aside income for the future.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Where then are the reserves put aside to cover the employee?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘These are a unique group of cells that the embryo sets aside for future reproduction.’
      • ‘Bills or no bills you've got to put something aside for the future.’
      • ‘If you stay within your budget, there may be an opportunity for you to set money aside for future purchases.’
    2. 1.2Used to indicate that one is dismissing something from consideration, or that one is shifting from one topic or tone of discussion to another.
      ‘joking aside, I've certainly had my fill’
      • ‘All joking aside though, the touch technology provides measurable quantitative differences in the efficiency by which people can complete that kind of task.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘That faux pas aside, this book is entertaining, educational, and highly recommended as a worthy investment of one's time and effort.’
      • ‘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 the fact that there are major road and infrastructural deficiencies this is completely contrary to the greater public interest.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Joking aside, he says the weekly meetings at his club are not just a forum for discussion, but change.’
      • ‘A handful of side quests aside, the main plot is completely linear and the approaches to the missions themselves give the player few options.’
      • ‘To begin with, local organizations often must put aside historical antagonisms among potential members.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Errors aside, the book is distractingly overwritten.’
      • ‘Leaving aside potential issues with subject matter, it's a bit of a one-trick horse, isn't it, with the flashbacks and all?’
      • ‘But, leaving aside social issues, the transformation is striking.’
      • ‘Joking aside, we hope they all had a lovely time.’

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 text is delivered in a conversational manner, with frequent asides directed to the audience.’
    • ‘His musical set-pieces, as well as character asides in the form of short monologue, are a delight to watch.’
    • ‘This adaptation emphasises the inherent humour of the play, especially in the devil's asides and monologues.’
    • ‘He uses a language that is accessible to a larger audience, and more suited to humorous asides.’
    • ‘The vibrant cast in modern dress hurl contemporary references, songs, slang and asides into Shakespeare's verse, accentuating the comic and the physical.’
    • ‘They weren't just asides to give voice to the feelings of the characters.’
    • ‘Rather than letting such asides dominate his material, Hamilton cleverly weaves them into the overall flow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Audiences were called out during monologues or asides.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The clever asides that create a covert intimacy with the audience were too quick for the vocal transitions, if any, to register.’
    • ‘The revenger also usually had a very close relationship with the audience through soliloquies and asides.’
    • ‘With no asides and soliloquies, nothing is put in to sweeten the pill.’
    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. 1.1A 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’.’
  • 2A 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’
    • ‘At the beginning, such reviews were a blend of descriptive reports and theoretical asides, frequently not devoid of controversy.’
    • ‘The book offers good intentions, fascinating asides and digressions, and competent plot summary, along with textual analysis often marred by unsupported conjecture.’
    • ‘There are in these uninterrupted hundred minutes valuable insights, humorous anecdotes, pertinent and impertinent asides.’
    • ‘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 little asides about people are what make the book so memorable.’
    • ‘You'll have to tolerate the digressions, the asides, the off-the-cuff remarks.’
    • ‘These lengthy asides are the book's most consistent flaw.’
    • ‘It contains many gems, some of which are asides about how books can be dangerous in unexpected ways.’
    • ‘He wanders into pointless asides, conspiracy theories and even presumes to lecture the audience about its loyalty to Canada.’
    • ‘However, some editing would not be amiss, as each piece continues long after its point has been made, with too many digressions and asides.’
    • ‘One wonders what these asides are supposed to achieve.’
    • ‘Actual licenses, annotated and explained, are the body of the book with plenty of legal asides and some gentle (legally-phrased) criticism where necessary.’
    • ‘In other instances, the tangential asides and interruptions that characterize any conversation are more distracting than helpful.’
    • ‘As an aside: anthropology books make excellent pillows as well.’
    • ‘Whether delivering information, opinions, perspectives, dissenting arguments, or humorous asides, the human voice is typically open, natural, uncontrived.’
    • ‘An aside from this is that I once dated a girl who had this tiny, adorable little gap on her top row.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He made dry asides to reporters at City Hall events, and freely distributed his pager number immediately after taking the oath.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

aside

/əˈsīd/