stand aside - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [intransitive]
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.

See also main entry: stand