set aside

This page is about the phrasal verb set aside.

Meaning: to keep a portion of something for use in the future

Synonym: put aside, reserve

For example:

  • set sth aside If I set fifty dollars aside every week, by the end of the year I'll have enough to pay for a trip to Europe.

  • set aside sth After you've picked the strawberries, set aside any that are damaged and I'll use them to make jam.

Quick Quiz:

Most people need to set aside a lot of money for their

a. bank managers

b. old age

c. lunch

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