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beneath

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adverb be·neath \bi-ˈnēth, bē-\

Definition of beneath

  1. 1 :  in or to a lower position :  below the mountains and the towns beneath

  2. 2 :  directly under :  underneath Look at the illustration and read what is beneath.

Examples of beneath in a Sentence

  1. the mountains and the towns beneath

  2. the sky above and the earth beneath

  3. an awning with chairs and tables beneath

  4. The ground beneath is covered with flowers.

Origin and Etymology of beneath

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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beneath

preposition be·neath

Definition of beneath

  1. 1a :  in or to a lower position than :  below beneath the surfaceb :  directly under the ground beneath her feetc :  at the foot of a camp beneath a hill

  2. 2 :  not suitable to the rank of :  unworthy of a job that is beneath his dignity

  3. 3 :  under the control, pressure, or influence of the chair sagged beneath his weight

  4. 4 :  concealed by :  under the guise of a warm heart beneath a gruff manner

Examples of beneath in a Sentence

  1. the sky above us and the earth beneath us

  2. just beneath the surface of the water

  3. The painting is hanging on the wall with a plaque beneath it.

  4. We had a picnic beneath a large tree.

  5. The paper was hidden beneath a pile of books.

  6. She wore a sweater beneath her coat.

Origin and Etymology of beneath

see 1beneath


First Known Use: before 12th century



BENEATH Defined for English Language Learners

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beneath

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adverb be·neath \bi-ˈnēth, bē-\

Definition of beneath for English Language Learners

  • : in or to a lower position

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beneath

preposition be·neath

Definition of beneath for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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beneath

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adverb be·neath \bi-ˈnēth\

Definition of beneath for Students

  1. 1 :  in a lower place the mountains and the town beneath

  2. 2 :  directly under Look at the picture and read what is beneath.


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beneath

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preposition be·neath

Definition of beneath for Students

  1. 1 :  in or to a lower position than :  below The sun sank beneath the horizon.

  2. 2 :  directly under (something or someone) the ground beneath our feet

  3. 3 :  not worthy of She thinks this work is beneath her.



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