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

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  1. 1
    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 got on 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.
  2. 2

    put aside

    or

    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.
  3. 3
    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 doing the business accounts.
  4. 4
    to keep something so that it can be used or taken away later
    The shop offered to put the dress aside while I went to the bank.
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