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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Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Browns vs. Chiefs: A position-by-position look at grades and how they match up," 16 Jan. 2021 By summer, however, as shutdowns will have ended, more than 100 million Americans will have been vaccinated, and another government rescue package will have been approved (see below). Washington Post, "Five (somewhat) upbeat predictions for 2021," 31 Dec. 2020 Everyone participating will need to download the app or have the physical card game at home (see below). Ryan Shea, Glamour, "8 Games to Play on Zoom With Family and Friends Over the Holidays," 23 Dec. 2020 Experts in child development and education answer below. USA Today, "The pandemic hurt our kids. How much?," 22 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition My duty was to work on level 8 at the bottom, 180 feet below ground. Mike Masterson, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | MASTERSON ONLINE: Gary's GodNod," 21 Feb. 2021 Arizonans with confirmed and suspected COVID-19 on ventilators tallied 334 on Thursday, similar to Wednesday's 330 and below the record-high 821 reached on Jan. 13. Alison Steinbach, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona adds 1,918 COVID-19 cases, 145 deaths as hospitalizations continue gradual drops," 20 Feb. 2021 Check the soil acidity, as pine trees are often found in acidic soils of a pH below 5.5. Tom Maccubbin,, "Blueberries need more care than most fruiting plants," 20 Feb. 2021 Waco, Texas, spent 205 consecutive hours at or below freezing temperatures, hitting a new all-time record. Daniel Manzo, ABC News, "Major warm-up heading to hard-hit South," 20 Feb. 2021 While temperatures remain below freezing, ice will still be persistent on the roads. Dallas News, "With lows in the teens, Dallas-Fort Worth could see black ice, more water pipe damage," 19 Feb. 2021 Still, Michigan's lead never dipped below 13 points during the scoreless streak. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball's defense leads the way in win over Rutgers, 71-64," 19 Feb. 2021 That average dropped below 100,000 on Feb. 12 for the first time since Nov. 4. Tim Darnell, ajc, "U.S. nears 500,000 coronavirus deaths, slower than predicted by CDC," 19 Feb. 2021 That four-story, 51-unit building features apartments with below-market rents for people generally earning no higher than 60% of the area median income. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Expansion plan for affordable apartments development just north of downtown Milwaukee receives first city approval," 19 Feb. 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 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 Click on all of the below and press play. Self-care, Hygge, and meditation were on our minds before 2020—but this year required mindfulness, rest, and calm on a whole new level. Ingrid Frahm, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is The BAZAAR 100," 23 Dec. 2020 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 On the below play, the Browns only rush four and are able to rattle Rudolph into his third interception of the game. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "How the Browns’ defense can force Mason Rudolph and the Steelers into turnovers: Film Review," 3 Jan. 2021 That includes writing jokes, sketch comedy and parody songs, while also performing standup comedy and, in recent years, relishing time spent in the no-safety-net-below world of improv comedy. cleveland, "South Euclid author assembles book of Ohio-themed jokes," 9 Dec. 2020 Additionally, the below tweet from Shear was in response to Lin's departure letter. Trilby Beresford, Billboard, "Twitch Co-Founder Kevin Lin Departs Company," 20 Nov. 2020 To commit these to memory, save or pin the below image: This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, "7 Little Things You Can Do Every Day to Keep Your Home Cleaner," 27 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of below was in the 15th century

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24 Feb 2021

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“Below.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 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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