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,
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.

1350–1400; Middle English; see a-1, side1

quasi-aside, adverb Unabridged
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aside (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
3.  away from oneself: he threw the book aside
4.  out of mind or consideration: he put aside all fears
5.  in or into reserve: to put aside money for old age
6.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) (preposition) aside from
 a.  besides: he has money aside from his possessions
 b.  Compare apart except for: he has nothing aside from the clothes he stands in
7.  something spoken by an actor, intended to be heard by the audience, but not by the others on stage
8.  any confidential statement spoken in undertones
9.  a digression

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "to one side, out of the way," from a- (1) + side. Noun sense of "words spoken so as to be (supposed) inaudible" is from 1727.
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Idioms & Phrases


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

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
Within ten days after reception of the verdict and entry of judgment, the
  railroad moved to have the verdict set aside.
Celebrity enchantment aside, this effort offers little new information.
But all the studies suffered methodological weaknesses aside from the small
  sample size.
Laptops and external hard drives aside, people's responses to this question
  differ wildly.
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