set aside

set a·side
S s


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [set uh-sahyd]
    • /sɛt əˈsaɪd/
    • /set əˈsaɪd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [set uh-sahyd]
    • /sɛt əˈsaɪd/

Definitions of set aside words

  • noun set aside the act or state of setting or the state of being set. 1
  • noun set aside a collection of articles designed for use together: a set of china; a chess set. 1
  • noun set aside a collection, each member of which is adapted for a special use in a particular operation: a set of golf clubs; a set of carving knives. 1
  • noun set aside a number, group, or combination of things of similar nature, design, or function: a set of ideas. 1
  • noun set aside a series of volumes by one author, about one subject, etc. 1
  • noun set aside a number, company, or group of persons associated by common interests, occupations, conventions, or status: a set of murderous thieves; the smart set. 1

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Origin of set aside

First appearance:

before 1940
One of the 7% newest English words
First recorded in 1940-45; noun, adj. use of verb phrase set aside

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Parts of speech for Set aside


set aside popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 48% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 53% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

set aside usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for set aside

verb set aside

  • abolish — If someone in authority abolishes a system or practice, they formally put an end to it.
  • add up — If facts or events do not add up, they make you confused about a situation because they do not seem to be consistent. If something that someone has said or done adds up, it is reasonable and sensible.
  • allocate — If one item or share of something is allocated to a particular person or for a particular purpose, it is given to that person or used for that purpose.
  • allot — If something is allotted to someone, it is given to them as their share.
  • backwater — A backwater is a place that is isolated.

adj set aside

  • in-effective — not effective; not producing results; ineffectual: ineffective efforts; ineffective remedies.

adjective set aside

  • appropriated — suitable or fitting for a particular purpose, person, occasion, etc.: an appropriate example; an appropriate dress.
  • arrogated — Simple past tense and past participle of arrogate.
  • avoided — to keep away from; keep clear of; shun: to avoid a person; to avoid taxes; to avoid danger.
  • claimed — to demand by or as by virtue of a right; demand as a right or as due: to claim an estate by inheritance.
  • earmarked — any identifying or distinguishing mark or characteristic: The mayor's statement had all the earmarks of dirty politics.

Antonyms for set aside

verb set aside

  • ante up — If you ante up an amount of money, you pay your share, sometimes unwillingly.
  • cast away — to throw or hurl; fling: The gambler cast the dice.
  • cough up — If you cough up an amount of money, you pay or spend that amount, usually when you would prefer not to.
  • disburse — to pay out (money), especially for expenses; expend.
  • frivol — to behave frivolously; trifle.

adjective set aside

  • disengaged — to release from attachment or connection; loosen; unfasten: to disengage a clutch.
  • offered — to present for acceptance or rejection; proffer: He offered me a cigarette.

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