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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theylay aside
he/she/itlays aside
present participlelaying aside
past tenselaid aside
past participlelaid aside
  1. 1

    lay aside

    or

    lay by

    to keep or save something, especially money, so that you can use it in the future

    For years my mother laid aside a small amount from every pay cheque.

  2. 2
    to not let yourself think about or be influenced by something so that you can achieve an aim

    They agreed to lay aside their differences for the good of their families.

  3. 3
    to put something down and to one side because you have finished with it or want to save it until another time

    ‘What do you want?’ he said, laying aside his book.

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