1. To physically move something so that it rests to one side or another. A noun or pronoun can be used between "place" and "aside." I took a bite of the sandwich and placed it aside for later. Place aside the door once you have it off its hinges so we can finish painting the door frame.
2. To temporarily stop focusing on or paying attention to something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "place" and "aside." Place the financial aspects aside for a moment and focus on what kind of work would make you the happiest. Can you two just place aside your differences for now and get this done, please?
3. To reserve or save something for someone or for a later use. A noun or pronoun can be used between "place" and "aside." I can place the dress aside for you, if you'd like to think about it for a day. I recommend you place aside a portion of each pay check as a rainy-day fund for the future.
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place something aside
to set something aside or out of the way. Place this one aside and we'll keep it for ourselves. Place aside some of the smaller ones for later.
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