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set-aside

[set-uh-sahyd] /ˈsɛt əˌsaɪd/
noun
1.
something, as land or profits, set aside for a particular purpose.
2.
a tract of federal lands set aside as a wildlife refuge, oil exploration site, etc.
3.
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.
4.
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.
5.
a government contract awarded, as to a minority-owned business, without competitive bidding.
adjective
6.
pertaining to or constituting a set-aside:
set-aside provisions of the new law.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45; noun, adj. use of verb phrase set aside
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  • Then they learned their bucolic dirt road wouldn't count as part of the set-aside land.
  • Contracts with values in excess of these limits are not subject to set-aside under this program.
British Dictionary definitions for set-aside

set aside

verb (transitive, adverb)
1.
to reserve for a special purpose; put to one side
2.
to discard, dismiss, or quash
noun
3.
  1. (in the European Union) a scheme in which a proportion of farmland is taken out of production in order to reduce surpluses or maintain or increase prices of a specific crop
  2. (as modifier): set-aside land
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Word Origin and History for set-aside
n.

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

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