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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. 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!

  2. 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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