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

Synonyms: Preposition

Antonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Preposition

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Examples of below in a Sentence

Adverb 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. Preposition 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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Andrew Ackerman, WSJ, "Mortgage Refinancing Initiative to Help Lower-Income Borrowers," 28 Apr. 2021 Take a look at the pic, below, and form your own conclusions. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Looks Like Clare Crawley Is Wearing Her Engagement Ring From Dale Moss Again," 27 Apr. 2021 Take a peek below for the tankinis that scored rave reviews from real-life shoppers. Sanah Faroke, Southern Living, "The 11 Best Tankini Swimsuits for a Stylish Yet Modest Beach Look, According to Customer Reviews," 21 Apr. 2021 Take our poll below and see what fellow travelers will be up to this year. Travel + Leisure Staff, Travel + Leisure, "Calling All Travelers: T+L Wants to Know What You're Planning Next," 19 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition The goal of the 2015 Paris Climate Accord is to limit warming to below 2 degrees Celsius and as close as possible to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "Dalai Lama and 100 other Nobel Prize laureates call for fossil fuels to be phased out," 21 Apr. 2021 The most prominent architectural components of the design are a pair of cantilevering two-story white steel trellises that line the edges of the plaza, providing shade to the spaces below while reinforcing the north-south axis of the plaza. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "With AT&T’s $100 million Discovery District, Dallas gets a mini Times Square," 21 Apr. 2021 The first screen shot below show the price boost, to $2,000 per megawatt hour ($2 per kilowatt hour), at 5:25 pm. Ed Hirs, Forbes, "How Market Disincentives Are Again Squeezing The Texas Power Grid," 20 Apr. 2021 And that design is exactly what the video below brings to life. Yoni Heisler, BGR, "This stunning iPhone 13 concept has an all-screen display like nothing we’ve seen before," 19 Apr. 2021 The rear decks below allow for alfresco dining and access to the water. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, "This New 180-Foot ‘Shark-Tooth’ Superyacht Is Ready to Take On Its First Cruise," 19 Apr. 2021 Ether, the second-biggest token, dropped as much as 18% to below $2,000 before also paring losses. Fortune, "Dogecoin is up, defying the weekend trend that sank Bitcoin and Ether," 19 Apr. 2021 The summit aims to relaunch global efforts to keep rising global temperatures to below 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) as agreed in the Paris accord. Hyung-jin Kim, The Christian Science Monitor, "Climate change: Where China and US find grounds for agreement," 18 Apr. 2021 Check out the stories below for more ways to make daily efforts to live a sustainable lifestyle: 2. Laurie Jennings, Good Housekeeping, "A Foolproof Guide to Sustainable Living," 5 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There is more on this upcoming storm - and its potential impacts on the Northeast later this weekend into next week - below. Star Tribune, "Messy Wintry Precipitation Expected This Weekend," 29 Jan. 2021 Up there, the faint noises of traffic below were not too loud, but not too quiet either. Matt Jancer, Wired, "How to Create a Home Meditation Space," 27 May 2020 The two-minute clip below is enough to prove that the singer/actress is as talented as ever. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Mandy Moore Made Fans Super Emotional After Singing "Only Hope" From ‘A Walk to Remember'," 6 Apr. 2020 People had so many thoughts, and the below are just a few. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "The Reactions to Clare Crawley Being Announced as 'The Bachelorette' Have Been Epic," 2 Mar. 2020 Editor’s Note: The below is a version of a piece that appears in the current issue of National Review. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Waxing Lyrical," 17 Feb. 2020 Harry Potter's Clémence Poésy plays Commander Elise Wassermann, who—in the below clip—comes face-to-face with her partner for a slightly tense reunion. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "Can We Please Talk About How Excellent PBS' New Season of 'The Tunnel: Sabotage' Looks?," 15 June 2017 See the Stones' tweet below and find all tour dates here. Kirsten Spruch, Billboard, "Rolling Stones Postpone New Orleans Show Due to Weather," 12 July 2019 The University of Richmond has digital versions of about 200 maps once used for redlining, including the one below. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "Redlining's legacy: Maps are gone, but the problem hasn't disappeared," 19 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective On the below play, Wilson drives the ball to the field side and hits a back-shoulder vertical. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "How Baker Mayfield paved the way for BYU quarterback Zach Wilson to become a top-three pick," 20 Apr. 2021 For instance, most of the below video is a timelapse... Geoffrey Morrison, Forbes, "Timelapse Vs Hyperlapse: What’s The Difference?," 11 Apr. 2021 In addition to rules about COVID-19 vaccination and testing, all of the below countries require travelers to follow local public health guidelines. Sarah Kuta, Condé Nast Traveler, "These Countries Are Open to Fully Vaccinated Travelers," 9 Apr. 2021 Many of the below ideas can be scaled down to fit your size crowd. Washington Post, "Get a hop on Easter with these make-ahead recipes," 29 Mar. 2021 Each of the below items are bundled in Other (Charges) Gains, Net on the income statement. David Trainer, Forbes, "The Real Earnings Season Just Started: Time To Read Filings & Footnotes," 1 Mar. 2021 But Garrett won at a higher rate than both, according to the below chart. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "How did Myles Garrett improve as a defensive end and what does that mean for 2021? -- Film Review," 16 Feb. 2021 This story has been updated with details about select cities offering one of the below items. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Here are a few items you will no longer find on the Chick-fil-A menu," 22 Feb. 2021 The features of each card in the below chart are colored in green, red or white. Darren Murph, CNN Underscored, "The American Express Gold Card is effectively paying you to have it this year," 20 Jan. 2021

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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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7 May 2021

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“Below.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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