beneath


1be·neath

adverb \bi-ˈnēth, bē-\

: in or to a lower position

Full Definition of BENEATH

1
:  in or to a lower position :  below <the mountains and the towns beneath>
2
:  directly under :  underneath

Examples of BENEATH

  1. the mountains and the towns beneath
  2. the sky above and the earth beneath
  3. an awning with chairs and tables beneath
  4. The ground beneath is covered with flowers.

Origin of BENEATH

Middle English benethe, from Old English beneothan, from be- + neothan below; akin to Old English nithera nether — more at nether
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to BENEATH

Synonyms
below, under, underneath
Antonyms
up

Rhymes with BENEATH

2beneath

preposition

: in or to a lower position than (something or someone)

: directly under (something or someone)

: not worthy of (someone) : not good enough for (someone)

Full Definition of BENEATH

1
a :  in or to a lower position than :  below <beneath the surface>
b :  directly under <the ground beneath her feet>
c :  at the foot of <a camp beneath a hill>
2
:  not suitable to the rank of :  unworthy of <beneath his dignity>
3
:  under the control, pressure, or influence of <the chair sagged beneath his weight>
4
:  concealed by :  under the guise of <a warm heart beneath a gruff manner>

Examples of BENEATH

  1. the sky above us and the earth beneath us
  2. just beneath the surface of the water
  3. The painting is hanging on the wall with a plaque beneath it.
  4. We had a picnic beneath a large tree.
  5. The paper was hidden beneath a pile of books.
  6. She wore a sweater beneath her coat.

First Known Use of BENEATH

before 12th century

Related to BENEATH

Synonyms
below, neath [dialect], under
Antonyms
above, over

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