Definition of set-aside in English:



  • 1The policy of taking land out of production to reduce crop surpluses.

    • ‘Most of the land had been included in EU set-aside schemes and a riding school was operating on the remaining part of the farm.’
    • ‘As well as the cows we have five sheep on set-aside land and arable for feed.’
    • ‘Farmers needing to graze their animals on set-aside land should write to their Regional Service Centre for permission.’
    • ‘Topping the question list was continued concern that farmers disadvantaged by the foot-and-mouth cull would fall foul of new environmental rules requiring set-aside on temporary grassland.’
    • ‘I believe farmers would benefit from tougher antitrust laws and probably from a voluntary set-aside program for major field crops.’
    • ‘Ireland sought a derogation for the use of set-aside land some weeks ago in view of the persistent wet weather conditions this year.’
    1. 1.1 Land taken out of production to reduce crop surpluses.
      ‘he has fifty acres of set-aside’
      • ‘Covering every acre of agricultural set-aside with short coppice willow and burning every scrap of carbon neutral forestry residue might scrape up another four per cent!’
  • 2US A government contract awarded without competition to a minority-owned business.

    • ‘Nevertheless, the courts have struck down minority set-asides and affirmative action programs at all levels of government.’
    • ‘More companies in the services sector can now qualify for government set-asides and other forms of aid, according to the Small Business Administration.’
    • ‘The same is true for the perspective of electing more black mayors and city officials and promoting minority-owned businesses through affirmative action set-asides.’
    • ‘His core component of municipal projects was minority business set-asides.’
    • ‘‘Courts across the nation are striking down racial preferences and set-asides,’ they said in a prepared statement.’
    • ‘I do not support racial quotas, preferences, or set-asides, which perpetuate divisions and can lead people to question the accomplishments of successful minorities.’
  • 3US A portion of funds or other resources reserved for a particular purpose.

    ‘a set-aside for library services for Native Americans’
    • ‘It has been at least 15 years since any appreciable number of CDC houses or apartments got Section 8 set-asides.’
    • ‘It's been forgotten, though, that he was also in favor of racial set-asides, reparations for slavery, a socialist economy, and class war.’
    • ‘Our efforts on public policy had lofty legislative goals and led to the passage of the Weeks Bill in 1911, which allowed for new federal reserve set-asides for the purpose of protecting watersheds.’



/sɛt əˈsaɪd//set əˈsīd/