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[uh-sahyd] /əˈsaɪd/
on or to one side; to or at a short distance apart; away from some position or direction:
to turn aside; to move the chair aside.
away from one's thoughts or consideration:
to put one's cares aside.
in reserve; in a separate place, as for safekeeping; apart; away:
to put some money aside for a rainy day.
away from a present group, especially for reasons of privacy; off to another part, as of a room; into or to a separate place:
He took him aside and talked business.
in spite of; put apart; notwithstanding:
all kidding aside; unusual circumstances aside.
a part of an actor's lines supposedly not heard by others on the stage and intended only for the audience.
words spoken so as not to be heard by others present.
a temporary departure from a main theme or topic, especially a parenthetical comment or remark; short digression.
aside from,
  1. apart from; besides; excluding:
    Aside from her salary, she receives money from investments.
  2. except for:
    They had no more food, aside from a few stale rolls.
Origin of aside
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at a-1, side1
Related forms
quasi-aside, adverb Unabridged
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  • Then take out the best pieces of giblet, trim them neatly, and set them aside.

    The Skilful Cook Mary Harrison
  • It was the colonel who drew Crewe aside, or that moment was his last.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • Granger went on sorting out his papers, burning them or putting them aside.

    Murder Point Coningsby Dawson
  • This set it aside more absolutely than any divorce a vinculo could undo it.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • (aside, reading the letter) I'll learn 'er bloomin' symptoms—I must be 'is patient.

    Oh! Susannah! Mark Ambient
British Dictionary definitions for aside


on or to one side: they stood aside to let him pass
out of hearing; in or into seclusion: he took her aside to tell her of his plan
away from oneself: he threw the book aside
out of mind or consideration: he put aside all fears
in or into reserve: to put aside money for old age
(preposition) (mainly US & Canadian) aside from
  1. besides: he has money aside from his possessions
  2. except for: he has nothing aside from the clothes he stands in Compare apart (sense 7)
something spoken by an actor, intended to be heard by the audience, but not by the others on stage
any confidential statement spoken in undertones
a digression
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Word Origin and History for aside

c.1300, "off to one side;" mid-14c., "to or from the side;" late 14c., "away or apart from others, out of the way," from a- (1) + side (n.). Noun sense of "words spoken so as to be (supposed) inaudible" is from 1727. Middle English had asidely "on the side, indirectly" (early 15c.) and asideward "sideways, horizontal" (late 14c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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