Definition of put something aside in US English:

put something aside

phrasal verb

  • 1Save money for future use.

    • ‘You need to make a Will, plan ahead for inheritance tax and put some money aside for funeral expenses.’
    • ‘Imagine putting your money aside for your retirement only to find that it's not there.’
    • ‘Try to budget to put some money aside to cope with an unexpected event.’
    • ‘Hopefully I'll still make enough money this month to pay my bills and put some money aside.’
    • ‘Bills or no bills you've got to put something aside for the future.’
    • ‘He is saving slowly, putting a little money aside when he can.’
    • ‘I will put some money aside for my son and his family, but the rest will go towards the church, the community, and charity.’
    • ‘She is putting every cent aside for an operation which will save her son's sight.’
    • ‘The study also found that 20 per cent of firms put no budget aside for developing skills, while 39 per cent never measure the value of training schemes.’
    • ‘It is the second time in just over a year this has happened and I now want the council to put some money aside as a precaution for next year.’
    save, lay by, put by, put away, lay aside, set aside, put to one side, deposit, reserve, keep in reserve, keep, store, stockpile, hoard, stow away, cache
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  • 2Forget or disregard something, typically a feeling or a past difference.

    • ‘As the dinner commenced, all differences were put aside in the spirit of Thanksgiving and sharing.’
    • ‘Political differences and personality clashes can be put aside at times for the benefit of the whole community.’
    • ‘Both had their reservations, but a lot of the pettiness had been put aside.’
    • ‘My brothers and I would promise to put our differences aside and try our hardest not to argue, fuss, or fight.’
    • ‘I welcome any attempt by all members of this House to join together, put political differences aside, and be constructive for once.’
    • ‘In fairness when the election is over we will put political differences aside and look at the bigger issues.’
    • ‘Perhaps it is time the families put their differences aside.’
    • ‘He softens his heart a little and puts his prejudices aside when confronted with his past on Christmas.’
    • ‘European Union countries are going to have to put their differences aside.’
    • ‘We believe that as a result of the discussions the county council reservations will be put aside.’
    disregard, set aside, ignore, pay no heed to, forget, discount, shrug off, bury, consign to oblivion
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