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1. Literally, to put something to one's side. A noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "aside." Would you mind putting those books aside so I can clean the desk? Please put your phone aside while I'm talking to you!
2. To temporarily stop focusing on or paying attention to something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "aside." Put the financial aspects aside for a moment and focus on what kind of work would make you the happiest. Can you two just put 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 "put" and "aside." I can put the dress aside for you, if you'd like to think about it for a day. I recommend you put aside your bonus as a rainy-day fund for the future.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
put something aside (for something)
to hold something in reserve for some purpose. You should put a little of the sugar aside for your coffee in the morning. Please put aside some money for me. I can put a little aside.
put something aside
to set or place something to the side. I put the magazine aside and began reading a book. Put aside your work for a minute and listen to what I have to tell you.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Also, put by or away . Save, store up for future use, as in We put aside all the toys for our grandchildren, or James put by dozens of cans of tomatoes this year, or She put away some of her salary every month. The first two terms date from the late 1700s, the third from the late 1800s.
2. Also, set aside. Place out of the way, as in The clerk put the bruised fruit aside to sell at reduced prices, or We set aside the outdoor furniture before we water the lawn. [Late 1800s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To move something to the side in order to clear a space: We put the books on the shelf aside and made room for the picture. I put aside my homework and cleaned the table.
2. To stop discussing or paying attention to something: Let's put these problems aside. Put aside your differences and work together.
3. To save something for use at a later time: I put aside a little cash for an emergency. You should take some of your earnings and put it aside for college.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.