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lay aside

1. To physically move something out of the way. A noun or pronoun can be used between "lay" and "aside." Can't you lay aside some of these toys so that we can walk through the living room?
2. To stop doing something temporarily. A noun or pronoun can be used between "lay" and "aside." Can't we lay aside the arguing and have a civil dinner for once?
3. To abandon or forsake some pursuit or goal. A noun or pronoun can be used between "lay" and "aside." When my kids were younger, I chose to lay my career aspirations aside and become a stay-at-home dad.
4. To save or keep something for future use. A noun or pronoun can be used between "lay" and "aside." You should lay aside part of each paycheck and put it into a retirement fund.
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lay something aside

to set something aside; to place something to one side, out of the way. He laid his papers aside and went out to welcome the visitor. He laid aside his papers.
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lay aside

1. Give up, abandon, as in He laid aside all hopes of winning first prize. [First half of 1400s]
2. Also, lay away; lay by. Set apart for a reason, save for the future, as in They lay aside enough to pay the rent, or Because coffee prices were rising, she laid by enough for a month, or The store laid away the winter coat I wanted. [Early 1700s] The first variant gave rise, about 1970, to the term layaway plan, in which merchandise is laid away for a buyer who pays a deposit and receives it when payment is made in full. Also see lay down, def. 4; set aside.
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lay aside

v.
1. To stop being actively engaged with something: I will lay aside my reading and go for a walk when I finish this chapter. The lifeguard laid the binoculars aside and jumped in the water.
2. To abandon something, especially a plan, hope, or desire; give up something: The marooned sailors had lain aside any hope of being saved. When the loan fell through, they laid their plans of buying a house aside.
3. To save something for the future: I lay aside part of my paycheck every week to save for a new car. Let's lay part of your allowance aside to pay for the movies.
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It would be to the benefit of the whole country if they could lay aside their differences and pool their efforts in one common cause - our future.
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Like Christ, we are called to lay aside our personal agendas in favor of what God has in mind for the world, and to lay aside our way of doing things in order to walk God's way--the way of the cross, a way that recognizes the reality of our human frailty and sinfulness but does not abandon us there.
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He will lay aside the red "shoes of the fisherman" that have been part of his papal attire and wear brown loafers given to him by shoemakers during a trip to Mexico last year.
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Most of us are not asked to lay down our life, but what we can do is try to lay aside our petty self centeredness in order to make the world a better place in which to live.
Remember, this is the chapter in Hebrews that begins, "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us" (12:1).
Lay aside, for a moment, the man's infinite store of knowledge, scientific prowess and all the atomic bomb building, Nobel Prize-winning accolades they earned him.
I even began to lay aside my prejudices against eco-activists.
The deputy called on Palestinian factions to lay aside internal disputes so that they would not ultimately regret the loss of Palestine to Israeli colonial- settlement activities and that they should only resort to anti- occupation resistance.
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Can we and should we lay aside our baptismal identity because of the One whose Name we bear and in whose Name we come and extend and receive hospitality?
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