[ uh-sahyd ]
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  1. 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.

  2. away from one's thoughts or consideration: to put one's cares aside.

  1. in reserve; in a separate place, as for safekeeping; apart; away: to put some money aside for a rainy day.

  2. 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.

  3. in spite of; put apart; notwithstanding: all kidding aside; unusual circumstances aside.

  1. a part of an actor's lines supposedly not heard by others on the stage and intended only for the audience.

  2. words spoken so as not to be heard by others present.

  1. a temporary departure from a main theme or topic, especially a parenthetical comment or remark; short digression.

Idioms about aside

  1. aside from,

    • apart from; besides; excluding: Aside from her salary, she receives money from investments.

    • 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

Other words from aside

  • qua·si-a·side, adverb

Words Nearby aside Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use aside in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for aside (1 of 2)


/ (əˈsaɪd) /

  1. on or to one side: they stood aside to let him pass

  2. out of hearing; in or into seclusion: he took her aside to tell her of his plan

  1. away from oneself: he threw the book aside

  2. out of mind or consideration: he put aside all fears

  3. in or into reserve: to put aside money for old age

  4. aside from (preposition) mainly US and Canadian

    • besides: he has money aside from his possessions

    • except for: he has nothing aside from the clothes he stands in Compare apart (def. 7)

  1. something spoken by an actor, intended to be heard by the audience, but not by the others on stage

  2. any confidential statement spoken in undertones

  1. a digression

British Dictionary definitions for A-side (2 of 2)


  1. the side of a gramophone record regarded as the more important one

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Other Idioms and Phrases with aside


see all joking aside; lay aside; set aside; take aside.

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