[ set-uh-sahyd ]
/ ˈsɛt əˌsaɪd /


something, as land or profits, set aside for a particular purpose.
a tract of federal lands set aside as a wildlife refuge, oil exploration site, etc.
a tract of farmland on which commercial crops or a specific crop will not be grown, as part of a federal plan to decrease production in order to maintain or increase prices.
a specified amount or percentage of an industry's production set aside, especially for government use: Ten percent of gasoline production is a set-aside for emergency use by the state.
a government contract awarded, as to a minority-owned business, without competitive bidding.


pertaining to or constituting a set-aside: set-aside provisions of the new law.

Nearby words

  1. set up,
  2. set up housekeeping,
  3. set up shop,
  4. set upon,
  5. set width,
  6. set-back,
  7. set-in,
  8. set-in sleeve,
  9. set-jetting,
  10. set-off

Origin of set-aside

First recorded in 1940–45; noun, adj. use of verb phrase set aside Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for set-aside



1943, from verbal phrase (early 15c.); see set (v.) + aside (adv.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper