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beside

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preposition be·side \bi-ˈsīd, bē-\

Simple Definition of beside

  • : by the side of (someone or something) : next to (someone or something)

  • : in comparison with (something)

Full Definition of beside

  1. 1 a :  by the side of <walk beside me> b :  in comparison with c :  on a par with

  2. 2 :  besides

  3. 3 :  not relevant to <beside the point>

beside oneself
  1. :  in a state of extreme excitement

Examples of beside

  1. She sat beside him during dinner.

  2. The man beside her was wearing a brown suit and hat.

  3. They were walking beside me.

  4. Stand beside the statue and I'll take your picture.

  5. Their house is beside a small lake.

  6. These problems seem unimportant beside the potential benefits of the new system.



Origin of beside

Middle English, adverb & preposition, from Old English be sīdan at or to the side, from be at (from ) + sīdan, dative & accusative of sīde side — more at by


First Known Use: 13th century


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beside

adverb be·side

Definition of beside

  1. 1 archaic :  nearby

  2. 2 archaic :  besides



14th Century

First Known Use of beside

14th century



BESIDE Defined for Kids

beside

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preposition be·side \bi-ˈsīd\

Definition of beside

  1. 1 :  at or by the side of <Come, sit beside me.>

  2. 2 :  compared with <He looks small beside you.>

  3. 3 :  1besides

  4. 4 :  not relating to <That remark is beside the point.>



Headscratcher for beside

If you are beside yourself, you're not by your own side. When you're beside yourself, you're very upset.



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