1. phrasal verb
If you stand aside from something, you allow it to happen without interfering in it or doing anything to prevent it.
[V P from n] ⇒ Ireland stood aside from this conflict.
[V P] ⇒ The key question was whether they would stand aside or would disrupt the elections.
2. phrasal verb → stand If someone stands aside, they resign from an important job or position, often in order to let someone else take their place. [British]
[V P] ⇒ The President said he was willing to stand aside if that would stop the killing.regional note: in AM, use stand down
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