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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The 30-second clip opens with a glowing bow-tie logo sitting above the Earth spinning below during a lunar eclipse. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 17 May 2022 Check out our slideshow below to see photos of famous people turning a year older on May 15th and learn an interesting fact about each of them. Mike Rose, cleveland, 15 May 2022 Check out the list of winners below, the first of which were announced before the ceremony was underway, and will continue to be updated live throughout the show. Rachel Schonberger,, 15 May 2022 Check out our roundup of some of the best summer dinner ideas, below. Janae Mckenzie, Glamour, 12 May 2022 Find a few offerings below and a full list of animal offerings here. David K. Li, NBC News, 12 May 2022 Watch the full Kelly Clarkson Show interview below. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 4 May 2022 Each retailer has a set of their own Star Wars discounts, so check the full list below for some standouts, as well as the rest of today's deals. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, 4 May 2022 Check out our favorite designer consignment stores for luxury handbags and more below. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Citing an area judge, NBC affiliate WMBF of Myrtle Beach reported that evidence led investigators to the Georgetown County site of Drexel's body on May 4 and that the remains were excavated May 7 about 4 feet below ground. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 17 May 2022 But for those whose symptoms linger, return, or fall below the threshold of a PTSD diagnosis, there are many other healing modalities to consider. Lauren Krouse, SELF, 17 May 2022 Of those, 11 were below the threshold for a CDC investigation, which is triggered when cases are reported in 0.3 percent or more of total passengers and crew. Hannah Sampson, Anchorage Daily News, 12 May 2022 The way to get rid of it is to locate its origin below ground and twist and tear it off. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 May 2022 The weather could still change by August, but right now, the Bureau of Reclamation predicts the lake will drop a few inches below the threshold that mandates new cuts. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 7 May 2022 The race tower, pit garages and infrastructure below ground are also permanent. USA Today, 6 May 2022 Since attribution is hard and not always possible, those attacks could remain just below the threshold of open conflict, causing the clear red line that once existed to disappear. Galina Antova, Fortune, 5 May 2022 In terms of raw population, Lowndes lost 332 people, according to the census estimates - enough to push it below the 10,000 population threshold. Ramsey Archibald |, al, 5 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun All of the below is correct as of press time but subject to change by Riot Fest. Britt Julious,, 15 Sep. 2021 All of the below is correct as of press time but subject to change by Lollapalooza. Doug George,, 27 July 2021 Each of the below is a deep dive look at an entrepreneur who reached the top of their field, albeit through different means and motivations. Grant Powell, Forbes, 24 May 2021 There is more on this upcoming storm - and its potential impacts on the Northeast later this weekend into next week - below. Star Tribune, 29 Jan. 2021 Up there, the faint noises of traffic below were not too loud, but not too quiet either. Matt Jancer, Wired, 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, 6 Apr. 2020 People had so many thoughts, and the below are just a few. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, 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, 17 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But don't think there won't be more Chad-rific antics, as evidenced by the below image also featuring Chad's bff, Peter (Jake Ryan). Gerrad Hall,, 11 May 2022 The below conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 2 May 2022 Along with the below titles for the 2022-23 season, there will be an additional production for winter/spring 2023. Doug George, Chicago Tribune, 22 Apr. 2022 Her jeans are giving us Y2K vibes, from the below hip cut down to the pastel wash. Alex Warner,, 13 Apr. 2022 The below titles are all series that originated in South Korea and premiered from January 1, 2021 through December 7, 2021. Dana Feldman, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 The below column, originally published in Aug. 2021, features Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House principal deputy press secretary. Madison Feller, ELLE, 6 May 2022 The below footwear is ideal for city travelers, explorers that will hit the 10,000 steps mark and beyond. Wendy Altschuler, Forbes, 3 May 2022 Watch this year’s nominees, performers and guests arrive on the red carpet via the below livestream. Lexy Perez, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Below.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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