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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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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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an enemy or opponent

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