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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyput aside
he/she/itputs aside
present participleputting aside
past tenseput aside
past participleput aside
  1. 1

    put aside


    put by

    to save an amount of money so that you can buy or pay for something in the future

    Each month she puts some money aside for her retirement.

  2. 2
    to not allow yourself to be affected by a problem, argument, etc. so that you can achieve something more important

    Laura put aside her concerns and went ahead with the job.

    put aside your differences (=not be affected by the fact that you disagree about some things):

    Both sides need to put aside their differences and continue the peace talks.

  3. 3
    to keep something so that it can be used or taken away later

    The store offered to put the dress aside while I went to the bank.

  4. 4
    to keep a period of time free so that you can use it for a particular purpose

    I put aside a day at the end of each month for paying my bills.

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