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below

adverb be·low \ bi-ˈlō \

Definition of below

1 :in or to a lower place
  • gazed at the water below
  • voices from the apartment below
2 a :on earth
  • improvements in conditions here below
  • Times Literary Supplement
b :in or to Hades or hell
3 :on or to a lower floor or deck
  • ordered the crew below
4 a :in, to, at, or by a lower rank or number
  • suitable for children age 10 and below
b :below zero
  • the temperature was 20 below
5 :lower on the same page or on a following page
  • See the graph below.
6 :under the surface of the water
  • thirty fathoms below

Examples of below in a Sentence

  1. The pencil rolled off the desk and fell to the floor below.

  2. The pilot looked down at the sea far below.

  3. We heard the elevator stop at the floor below.

  4. They secured the goods on deck and went below.

  5. All personnel, captain and below, were ordered to report for duty.

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Origin and Etymology of below

Middle English bilooghe, from bi by + looghe low, adjective

below Synonyms

Synonyms
beneath, under, underneath
Antonyms
up
Related Words
beside, near, nearby
Near Antonyms
aloft, overhead

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below

preposition

Definition of below

1 a :lower in place, rank, or value than :under
  • Our apartment is below theirs.
  • Her skirt reached below her knees.
  • The sun dipped below the horizon.
b :down river from
  • moored a mile below town
c :south of
  • located 20 miles below the nation's capital
2 :inferior to (as in rank)
  • A lieutenant is below a captain.
3 :not suitable to the rank of :beneath
  • considers such work below him

Examples of below in a Sentence

  1. Our apartment is below theirs.

  2. We could see only clouds below us.

  3. The diver descended below 25 meters.

  4. The sun disappeared below the horizon.

  5. a spot directly below us

  6. the valley far below us

  7. Temperatures were below average all week.

  8. She worked for wage rates below those of other workers.

  9. He ranks far below his superior.

Origin and Etymology of below

derivative of 1below

below Synonyms

Synonyms
beneath, neath [dialect], under
Antonyms
above, over
Related Words
underneath
Near Antonyms
toward (or towards)

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below

noun

Definition of below

:something that is below

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Origin and Etymology of below

noun derivative of 1below


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below

adjective

Definition of below

:written or discussed lower on the same page or on a following page
  • the below list

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Origin and Etymology of below

adjective derivative of 1below



BELOW Defined for English Language Learners

below

adverb

Definition of below for English Language Learners

  • : in or to a lower place

  • : on or to a lower deck on a ship or boat

  • : in or to a lower rank or number


below

preposition

Definition of below for English Language Learners

  • : in or to a lower place than (something)

  • : lower in number, amount, or size than (something) : less than (something)

  • : less important or powerful than (someone) : having a lower rank than (someone)


BELOW Defined for Kids

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below

adverb be·low \ bə-ˈlō \

Definition of below for Students

1 :in or to a lower place
  • The pencil rolled off the desk and fell on the floor below.
2 :below zero
  • The temperature was ten below.

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below

preposition

Definition of below for Students

1 :in or to a lower place than :beneath
  • The sun sank below the horizon.
  • Vines grew below the window.
2 :at the bottom of :directly underneath
  • a caption below the picture
3 :lower in number, size, or amount
  • temperatures below average

Law Dictionary

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below

adverb be·low

legal Definition of below

1 :in a lower court
  • the presumption that the decisions below…are correct
  • —W. J. Brennan, Jr.
2 :lower on the same page or on a following page
  • the paragraph below

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below

preposition

legal Definition of below

:lower in place, rank, or value than
below the line
:in calculations that yield taxable income
  • deductions taken below the line


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