Aside - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |əˈsaɪd|  American pronunciation of the word aside
Brit.  |əˈsʌɪd|  British pronunciation of the word aside


- a line spoken by an actor to the audience but not intended for others on the stage
- a message that departs from the main subject (syn: digression, divagation, excursus, parenthesis)


- on or to one side
- out of the way (especially away from one's thoughts)(syn: away)
- not taken into account or excluded from consideration(syn: apart)
- in a different direction(syn: away)
- placed or kept separate and distinct as for a purpose(syn: apart)
- in reserve; not for immediate use(syn: away, by)


He stepped aside and let her pass.

He threw his coat aside.

She laid the book aside.

He elbowed people aside as he moved through the crowd.

He took her aside to speak to her privately.

Someone grabbed him and pulled him aside.

She made a joke about the food in a muttered aside to her husband.

The book includes several lengthy asides about the personal lives of scientists involved in the project.

In his speech he mentioned her contributions almost as an aside, despite the fact that she was the one who came up with the idea originally.

I've been setting aside a few pounds each week.

One of the rooms was set aside for a yoga class.

Try to set aside a few hours a week for exercise.

Could you put this cake aside for me?

He pushed his half-eaten salad aside and left.

He stepped aside to let Katherine go in first.

Word forms

singular: aside
plural: asides
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