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phrasal verb [intransitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theystand aside
he/she/itstands aside
present participlestanding aside
past tensestood aside
past participlestood aside
  1. 1
    to move to one side in order to let someone go past you
    They quickly stood aside to let me pass.
  2. 2
    British to not involve yourself in a situation, especially one that you should be trying to prevent
    You can’t just stand aside and watch your colleagues being treated like that!
  3. 3
    to let someone else have your job or position
    The trade secretary has been asked to stand aside in favour of her deputy.
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See also main entry: stand

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