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

Each time the Fed has cut rates when unemployment was below 4%, a recession soon ensued. Sven Heinrich For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Lowering interest rates is rooted in desperation. Watch out, investors," 11 July 2019 The release comes a week after Las Vegas police confirmed the firing in March of a veteran officer who froze in a hotel hallway one floor below while Paddock rained rapid gunfire into the concert crowd below. NBC News, "Las Vegas police release report on lessons from 2017 mass shooting that killed 58," 11 July 2019 Consider giving these five handbag trends a try for the rest of summer, below. Vogue, "These 5 Bag Trends Will Revamp Your Summer Style," 11 July 2019 Share your storm-prepping tips in the comments below. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Readers share hurricane prep tips they wish they had known about sooner," 10 July 2019 Nobody was injured, but the first car to go off the tracks dragged branches and rocks across an overpass above Mellen Street and dumped them onto the pavement below, according to firefighters., "Freight train derails in Bristol, dumping tons of debris," 10 July 2019 If the ice below is too warm, the paint underneath will bleed. Julia Stumbaugh, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes arena technician's cool job: maintaining ice in the desert," 10 July 2019 Hoffmann said she was also told the volunteer painting project, which is not visible from the freeway below, needed federal approval to proceed., "Art project on I-205 pedestrian bridge caught in bureaucratic limbo is spared ‘restoration’," 10 July 2019 The Goodwood course covers less than a tenth the distance of either Pikes Peak or the Nürburgring, so the team stripped out some batteries to bring the overall weight (including Dumas) down below 2,204lbs (1,000kg). Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "VW’s crazy electric car breaks F1 record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed," 8 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

One Twitter user recorded the singing projecting from the streets below to the highrises above, with crowds of passersby, who might not otherwise have been able to, stopping to enjoy the melodies. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "How the city that never sleeps kept going when the lights went out," 14 July 2019 Ervin's first hit of the night had a 46.2 mph exit velocity, well below the league average 87.5 mph. Bobby Nightengale,, "Phillip Ervin, Cincinnati Reds make history with offense in win over Colorado Rockies," 14 July 2019 The girls’ mother pulled them away from the window as smoke from the gunshots — fired from just below their front door — filled their living room. Michael E. Miller, Washington Post, "Five miles from the Virginia Capitol, a pregnant woman is shot right after failed gun debate," 14 July 2019 Some of the videos showed young girls in bathing suits or doing gymnastics with insidious comments posted below. NBC News, "At the biggest YouTube event of the year, the company's troubles are out of mind," 13 July 2019 In Poway, like many other California Districts, special education students score far below other student groups in math, language arts, and college and career readiness. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Poway launches pilot program aimed at mainstreaming special ed students," 12 July 2019 Try the Live In High Waist Crop Kick Flare Leggings ($39, was $59) with a ribbed waistband and deep pockets, or the Studio Crop Lite Leggings ($36, was $55), made from a lightweight fabric that hits just below the knee. Alexis Rhiannon, Allure, "These Leggings Are Sure to Sell Out During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale," 12 July 2019 But beginning just below the shoulder, this changes. New York Times, "What Leonardo da Vinci Couldn’t Finish," 11 July 2019 Another market watch firm, Navigant, predicts a further halving by 2030, to a price well below what 8minute has committed to. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Giant batteries and cheap solar power are shoving fossil fuels off the grid," 11 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Note that the below applies specifically to these services as they’re offered in the United States. Chris Welch, The Verge, "How and when to cancel your Netflix, Prime Video, and other video subscriptions," 11 June 2019 Insiders, log-in below to enter to win an admit-two pass to the movie. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Movie Passes to TULLY," 1 May 2018 Where: HopCat, 1064 Bardstown Road in Louisville Tickets: $10 Log-in below for a special promo code to save $3 on tickets. The Courier-Journal, "Better Derby Betting is April 24th," 12 Apr. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Warning: The below interview from KOMO-TV includes adult language. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, "'I wasn't going to let my niece die': Uncle rushes into burning home to save 8-year-old, report says," 8 July 2019 The distribution of the five features discussed is shown on the below plot along the diagonals. Jeff Kao And Jack Gillum, ProPublica, "Methodology: How We Tested an Aggression Detection Algorithm," 25 June 2019 Call 860-561-7583 for more information or to pre-register for any of the below programs., "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 23 June 2019 The organization has an interactive version of the below map on its website. Patrick Dehahn, Quartz, "The Syria conflict has seen over 570 attacks on civilian hospitals," 22 June 2019 The Major League Baseball Players Association is releasing the below statement on behalf of Frankie Montas: Check back for more on this breaking story. Jon Becker, The Mercury News, "A’s top starter Frankie Montas suspended 80 games," 21 June 2019 Winnie did comment on the below post, so signs are good. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Kim Kardashian Shows Off a New Neutral Makeup Style and Looks Like a Totally Different Person," 19 June 2019 Ars reached out to Samsung with the questions below, but the below statement the company provided didn't answer them. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Samsung asks users to please virus-scan their TVs," 18 June 2019 Call 860-561-7583 for more information or to pre-register for any of the below programs., "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 15 June 2019

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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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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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