be·​side | \ bi-ˈsīd How to pronounce beside (audio) , bē- \

Definition of beside

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : by the side of walk beside me a house beside a small lake
b : in comparison with potential complications are minor beside the benefits
c : on a par with a composition that can be ranked beside that of the masters
2 : not relevant to but that's beside the point
3 : besides No one knows beside me. learning other languages beside French and English
beside oneself
: in a state of extreme excitement



Definition of beside (Entry 2 of 2)

1 archaic : nearby
2 archaic : besides

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Synonyms for beside

Synonyms: Preposition

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Examples of beside in a Sentence

Preposition She sat beside him during dinner. The man beside her was wearing a brown suit and hat. They were walking beside me. Stand beside the statue and I'll take your picture. Their house is beside a small lake. These problems seem unimportant beside the potential benefits of the new system. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition While the colors and variety catch the eye, one of the most unique features sits beside the register: a large Mason jar with a child's photo and story affixed to it. Drew Dawson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 May 2022 The garden, planted on property lent to the McComb Veazey Neighborhood Coterie by the local school district, sits on sloping land beside a wastewater treatment plant. New York Times, 15 Apr. 2022 The 40-suite tree house resort sits beside the world's oldest rain forest. Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2022 Their two daughters, one in college and the other in high school, sat in the audience beside him. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 22 Mar. 2022 Ireland’s prime minister, Micheal Martin, tested positive a day later — after attending a gala with U.S. lawmakers, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), who sat maskless beside him. Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2022 In the snap, Sterling sits beside the pool with her family while holding onto a small blue ball. Georgia Slater,, 11 Mar. 2022 Potter sat in court beside her attorneys, dressed in a purple sweater and black pants. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, 9 Dec. 2021 And no matter what stage an employee is in his or her life, for many, pets are right there beside them. Wagmo, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb In the photos, Salazar can be seen posing beside and behind the wheel of a car. Maria Pasquini,, 30 Sep. 2021 Along the way and during the performance, ticketholders might just be spooked by the witch or possessed Richmond teens who pop out beside, behind and even underneath show-goers at unexpected moments. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Nov. 2021 Someone who is lacking the missing metric is someone who is driven and intelligent but still not a person who others want to work beside or for. Pam Boney, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 Media has historically been about finding the cracks between the content and then finding the best audience or the best contextual alignment to put your advertisement in front of or beside. Andrea Palmer, Forbes, 25 May 2021 And, yet, the sports world is beside-itself outraged because Tebow — one of the greatest college players and ambassadors of all-time — is getting another chance because his college coach happens to be coaching his hometown NFL team? Mike Bianchi,, 22 May 2021 Makes one 9-inch cake Spoon berries and softly whipped cream beside slices of this simple lemon-cornmeal cake glazed with sugar syrup., 11 May 2021 Krystyna Krakowski became a firefighter in Florida at a time when there were very few women to work beside or guide her in the service. Anila Yoganathan,, 11 Apr. 2021 Both Fauci and Birx were often standing beside or behind Trump when the former president made spurious claims about the virus. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 29 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of beside


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for beside

Preposition and Adverb

Middle English, adverb & preposition, from Old English be sīdan at or to the side, from be at (from ) + sīdan, dative & accusative of sīde side — more at by

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The first known use of beside was in the 13th century

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21 May 2022

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“Beside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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be·​side | \ bi-ˈsīd How to pronounce beside (audio) \

Kids Definition of beside

1 : at or by the side of Come, sit beside me.
2 : compared with He looks small beside you.
4 : not relating to That remark is beside the point.

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