beneath

adverb
be·​neath | \ bi-ˈnēth How to pronounce beneath (audio) , bē-\

Definition of beneath

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : in or to a lower position : below the mountains and the towns beneath
2 : directly under : underneath Look at the illustration and read what is beneath.

beneath

preposition

Definition of beneath (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : in or to a lower position than : below beneath the surface
b : directly under the ground beneath her feet
c : at the foot of a camp beneath a hill
2 : not suitable to the rank of : unworthy of a job that is beneath his dignity
3 : under the control, pressure, or influence of the chair sagged beneath his weight
4 : concealed by : under the guise of a warm heart beneath a gruff manner

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Synonyms & Antonyms for beneath

Synonyms: Adverb

below, under, underneath

Synonyms: Preposition

below, neath [dialect], under

Antonyms: Adverb

up

Antonyms: Preposition

above, over

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Examples of beneath in a Sentence

Adverb

the mountains and the towns beneath the sky above and the earth beneath an awning with chairs and tables beneath The ground beneath is covered with flowers.

Preposition

the sky above us and the earth beneath us just beneath the surface of the water The painting is hanging on the wall with a plaque beneath it. We had a picnic beneath a large tree. The paper was hidden beneath a pile of books. She wore a sweater beneath her coat.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

On the surface, the Rio Grande appears placid, but strong currents run beneath. Peter Orsi, The Denver Post, "A grim father, daughter border drowning underlines peril facing many migrants," 26 June 2019 On the surface, the Rio Grande appears placid, but strong currents run beneath. Washington Post, "Father-daughter border drowning highlights migrants’ perils," 26 June 2019 On the surface, the Rio Grande appears placid, but strong currents run beneath. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Image of dead father, daughter at US-Mexico border draws reactions from around the world," 26 June 2019 On the surface, the Rio Grande appears placid, but strong currents run beneath. Author: Peter Orsi, Amy Guthrie, Anchorage Daily News, "Drowning of migrant father and daughter in Rio Grande highlights migrants’ perils," 25 June 2019 Thick as thieves only hints at the relationship; like her Lee, his Jack lives beneath thick layers of contradiction and complexity. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "Oscars 2019: Cast Your Ballot," 21 Feb. 2019 The solid permafrost that sits beneath many roads, buildings and pipelines is starting to thaw, destabilizing the infrastructure above. Author: Brad Plumer, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Impossible to ignore’: Why Alaska is crafting a plan to fight climate change," 16 May 2018 As the sun beats down on a small vineyard by the rippling waters of Grossraeschen Lake, there's little sign of the vast wound that lies beneath. Fox News, "How Germany is turning wasteland into vast lakeside resorts," 14 June 2018 The solid permafrost that sits beneath many roads, buildings and pipelines is starting to thaw, destabilizing the infrastructure above. Author: Brad Plumer, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Impossible to ignore’: Why Alaska is crafting a plan to fight climate change," 16 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

But beneath the surface, John and Carolyn were dealing with a heart-wrenching crisis. Adrienne Gaffney, Town & Country, "The Last Days of John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy," 9 July 2019 The coho charged the boat, barely beneath the surface and towing a brightly colored dodger and flasher twice as fast as Jules Orr of Ilwaco could reel — even though his line was slack. oregonlive.com, "Monroe: Ocean fishing has vastly improved this summer," 6 July 2019 The sea sloshing beneath the icy surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa just might be the best incubator for extraterrestrial life in our solar system. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Water on Europa—with a Pinch of Salt," 12 June 2019 Even two decades later, none of this is far beneath the surface of Indonesian politics. The New York Review of Books, "Krithika Varagur," 24 Apr. 2019 Something is happening beneath the surface, something arcane and verging on the magical. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "Zoe Quinn’s Goddess Mode makes cyberpunk magic from the internet," 27 Dec. 2018 Now Brescia wears the identity on his sleeve, or actually beneath his sleeve, with a Dr. Limon tattoo running along his right arm. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Review: Dr. Limon in Hallandale Beach is Peruvian cure for summertime blues," 26 June 2019 Aldrin gathered two core samples just beneath the surface during the 2 1/2-hour moonwalk. Marcia Dunn, The Denver Post, "NASA to open moon rock samples sealed since Apollo missions," 26 June 2019 While the Yankees seized an advantage over the Rays in the AL East last week, the division’s third-pace team continues to lurk beneath the surface. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Forget Harper and Machado. Yankees Scored With Free-Agent Bet on DJ LeMahieu," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of beneath

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Preposition

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for beneath

Adverb and Preposition

Middle English benethe, from Old English beneothan, from be- + neothan below; akin to Old English nithera nether — more at nether

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More Definitions for beneath

beneath

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of beneath

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in or to a lower position

beneath

preposition

English Language Learners Definition of beneath (Entry 2 of 2)

: in or to a lower position than (something or someone)
: directly under (something or someone)
: not worthy of (someone) : not good enough for (someone)

beneath

adverb
be·​neath | \ bi-ˈnēth How to pronounce beneath (audio) \

Kids Definition of beneath

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : in a lower place the mountains and the town beneath
2 : directly under Look at the picture and read what is beneath.

beneath

preposition

Kids Definition of beneath (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : in or to a lower position than : below The sun sank beneath the horizon.
2 : directly under (something or someone) the ground beneath our feet
3 : not worthy of She thinks this work is beneath her.

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