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Definition of "set-aside" []

  • Something, such as land or a certain percentage of profits, that is set aside for a specific purpose. (noun)
  • A federal program requiring that a certain percentage of government funds and contracts be reserved for businesses owned by women and members of minority groups. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "set-aside" in a sentence
  • "For nearly a decade after that, it thrived on winning so-called "set-aside" contracts providing computer-systems integration for civilian agencies."
  • "One solution would be to remove some allowances from the market to create a shortage, a measure called set-aside."
  • "Thanks to President Carter, she became honorary chair of the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities, where she established herself as a champion of art in public spaces and helped establish a set-aside for arts funding in the construction of new federal buildings."
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