be·​low | \ bi-ˈlō How to pronounce below (audio) \

Definition of below

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : in or to a lower place gazed at the water below voices from the apartment below
2a : on earth improvements in conditions here belowTimes Literary Supplement
b : in or to Hades or hell
3 : on or to a lower floor or deck ordered the crew below
4a : 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



Definition of below (Entry 2 of 4)

1a : 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



Definition of below (Entry 3 of 4)

: something that is below



Definition of below (Entry 4 of 4)

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for below

Synonyms: Adverb

beneath, under, underneath

Synonyms: Preposition

beneath, neath [dialect], under

Antonyms: Adverb


Antonyms: Preposition

above, over

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Examples of below in a Sentence


The pencil rolled off the desk and fell to the floor below. The pilot looked down at the sea far below. We heard the elevator stop at the floor below. They secured the goods on deck and went below. All personnel, captain and below, were ordered to report for duty.


Our apartment is below theirs. We could see only clouds below us. The diver descended below 25 meters. The sun disappeared below the horizon. a spot directly below us the valley far below us Temperatures were below average all week. She worked for wage rates below those of other workers. He ranks far below his superior.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Get a glimpse of the FOMO-inducing scene through Kraviz’s eyes in her exclusive photo diary, below. Vogue, "Inside Coachella’s Buzziest After-Party With the Most Stylish DJ in Techno," 16 Apr. 2019 To learn more about the makeup looks from the movie, tune in to the full video, below. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Makeup Artist Lisa Eldridge Talks Makeup for Disney’s New Live-Action Remake of “Dumbo”," 2 Apr. 2019 Line 4 or 5 baking sheets with baking parchment (see Chef’s Note, below). Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "Kathy Casey, one of Seattle’s first celebrity chefs, lands in a sweet ‘food t’go-go’ niche at Sea-Tac Airport," 26 Mar. 2019 Above are our respective ratings; below is our conversation. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Vice doesn’t want to humanize Dick Cheney. So instead, it (maybe) demonizes America.," 21 Dec. 2018 Vladimir Sequera, above, is the stepfather of Gabriela Sequera, below, who studied at a technical school funded by Smurfit that hasn’t reopened since the company closed its operations. Kejal Vyas, WSJ, "Venezuelans Despair as Companies Flee," 7 Nov. 2018 Read quick reviews of our five favorite rooftop tents below, or scroll further for more top options and tips on how to find the right model for you. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The 7 Best Rooftop Tents for Far-Out (and Closer-to-Home) Adventures," 26 Apr. 2019 Check out the trailer below, and look for Shores of Gold to hit April 30. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: A first look at Vampire: The Masquerade 2 (sort-of) and Overwatch's new script editor," 22 Apr. 2019 The property was previously owned by descendants of the inhabitants of the old village, who now live in the village below, and who pay us a visit around sunset. Whitney Robinson, ELLE Decor, "Tour Michael Aram's two stunning homes in India," 12 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Slow steaming, in which ships travel far below their potential speed and so burn less fuel, became popular among carriers after global trade crumbled in the wake of the 2008 financial meltdown. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Shipowners Seek to Slow Services to Meet Emissions Limits," 10 May 2019 Check it out below: Psst...Don't Forget Mother's Day is Sunday, May 12! Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "The 2020 BMW M8 Will Have Adjustable Brake-Pedal Feel," 9 May 2019 Leave your review of #DaisyJonesAndTheSix below with #ReadWithMC to be included in our reviews. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "'Daisy Jones & The Six' Surpassed #ReadWithMC Reviewers' Expectations," 1 May 2019 That’s well below the $13 monthly price tag for rival Netflix, whose stock fell 4.5%. Alex Veiga, The Seattle Times, "S&P 500 notches 3rd straight weekly gain as US stocks rally," 14 Apr. 2019 Watch below for an inside look at how Linda's colorful creations come to life, then read on for the working mom's style must-haves. Stacia Affelt, Good Housekeeping, "What This Insta-Famous Mom Wears for a 12-Hour Workday," 8 Apr. 2019 The new look is equal parts sleek and shaggy and falls just below her chin in an ultra-flattering, face-framing way. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Brie Larson Just Debuted a Sleek Bob Haircut Ahead of Summer," 2 May 2019 The couple was married on a cliff overlooking the water just below their villa. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "A Stylist’s Easy Elegant Wedding Overlooking the Ocean in Ibiza," 22 Apr. 2019 That was up from a revised 7.48 million at the end December, and just below 7.63 million openings in November, the highest level on records back to 2000. ... Eric Morath, WSJ, "U.S. Job Openings Ticked Up to 7.58 Million in January," 15 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Cole suggests products that promote flexibility, hydration, and elasticity, like the below. Katie Berohn, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Modern Hair Perms," 30 Apr. 2019 Take the below quiz to properly determine, once and for all, exactly what your skin type is. Lyndsay Green, Teen Vogue, "QUIZ: What is My Skin Type: Dry? Acne-Prone? Oily? Find Out Now," 14 Mar. 2019 Click through our ideas, tips, and favorite products for the ultimate February below. Megan Stein, Country Living, "These Winter Bucket List Ideas Will Make February Your Favorite Month," 13 Feb. 2019 Divorce attorney Laura Wasser, whose clients have included Maria Shriver, Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, and more, wrote the below for the February 2018 issue of Town & Country. Laura Wasser, Town & Country, "How Laura Wasser Handles Divorce," 8 Feb. 2019 On Twitter, Dawon is known to share rubber-mask selfies from his visits, like the one below. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Interview: K-Pop Group SF9 Shares Their Skin-Care Secrets & Biggest Confidence Boosters," 18 Mar. 2019 Enter to win by logging-in below and completing the entry form! Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Advance Movie Screening for the Family," 2 July 2018 Some of the state's most remote sites require a paddle or boat ride, but all of these below can be hiked to. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "10 remote campsites in Wisconsin for peace and quiet," 14 May 2018 Pick four or five of the below, do 12 to 15 reps of each, and repeat three times, to create your own resistance band workout. Amy Marturana, SELF, "20 Resistance Band Exercises to Strengthen Your Entire Body," 2 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The American River at H Street is at 17 feet - also 26 below flood stage. Benjy Egel, Tony Bizjak And Dale Kasler, sacbee, "Caltrans partially reopens I-80," 1 Mar. 2018 Meanwhile, in the below ground level of the space (once at Urban Outfitters), connected with raw wood staircases, is an area for more in-depth planning. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "IKEA's First Manhattan Location Is Nothing Like Its Other Stores," 10 Apr. 2019 Use the below historical Oscar moments as your guide to giving a great speech. Marisa Polansky And Kristine Keller, Vogue, "A Helpful Guide to Nailing Your Oscars Acceptance Speech," 24 Feb. 2019 Obviously, Guy Fieri and Katy Perry are very different people—but in honor of 4/20, Perry shared the below side-by-side of them, and the results are OMG-inspiring. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "Katy Perry Looks Like Guy Fieri's Twin in This Picture and You Won't Be Able to Unsee It," 21 Apr. 2017 The symbol is visible in the below photo, close to the middle of the handle: The archaeologists studying the sword haven't identified any damage to the sword that would have caused its owner to discard it. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Construction Worker Finds Incredible 600-Year-Old Sword in Bog," 21 June 2017 So refer to our handy 2018 Fall Foliage Map to find when the brightest leaves will pop up in your region, then fill up the tank for one of the below drives (organized from west to east) the family won't forget. Juliet Izon, Woman's Day, "The 12 Most Scenic Drives in the Country to Add to Your Bucket List ASAP," 4 Dec. 2018 Watch the below video, captured by an audience member. Devon Elizabeth, Glamour, "This Video of Prince Harry Singing a Hamilton Song Will Royally Make Your Day," 30 Aug. 2018 Watch the below video, captured by an audience member. Devon Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Prince Harry Sings "You'll Be Back" on the "Hamilton" Stage," 30 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of below


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1828, in the meaning defined above


1870, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for below


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


derivative of below entry 1


noun derivative of below entry 1


adjective derivative of below entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of below

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of below (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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)


be·​low | \ bə-ˈlō How to pronounce below (audio) \

Kids Definition of below

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.



Kids Definition of below (Entry 2 of 2)

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



Legal Definition of below

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Legal Definition of below (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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