- to one side; out of the way: he pushed his plate aside | they stood aside to let a car pass | she must put aside all her antagonistic feelings.
- in reserve; for future use: she set aside some money for rent.
- used to indicate that one is dismissing something from consideration, or that one is shifting from one topic or tone of discussion to another: joking aside, I’ve certainly had my fill.
- a remark or passage by a character in a play that is intended to be heard by the audience but unheard by the other characters in the play.
- a remark not intended to be heard by everyone present: “Does that make him a murderer?” whispered Alice in an aside to Fred.
- a remark that is not directly related to the main topic of discussion: the recipe book has little asides about the importance of home and family.