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: 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Even the children were doing their best to maintain social distancing, riding bikes across the grass and chasing each other around a field beside the Conservatory of Flowers. Erin Allday,, "With Father’s Day and summer BBQs coming up, is there a safe way to socialize?," 19 June 2020 With no other blemishes on his scorecard beside the triple bogey at No. 12, Spieth carded a 5-under 66, good for a tie of second place at the end of his round. Scott Bell, Dallas News, "Jordan Spieth birdies 7 of his final 8 holes in action-packed first round at RBC Heritage," 18 June 2020 Pears back then came wrapped in squares of paper, which Nathan saved and placed beside the toilet. Bianca Bosker, The Atlantic, "The Supermarket Is One of America’s Best Ideas," 17 June 2020 Fred Meyer said that beside that one instance, Mangum never made other complaints about discrimination while he was employed. oregonlive, "Black worker claims Portland Fred Meyer fired him after he complained about racism, including being disciplined for wearing a hoodie," 16 June 2020 Fellow Canadian and star linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga also quote tweeted Hubbard and stood beside his roommate. Jacob Unruh, USA TODAY, "Oklahoma State RB Chuba Hubbard says he won't participate in workouts due to coach Mike Gundy's OAN shirt," 15 June 2020 Tap the three dots beside a post then Edit audience (web) or Edit privacy (mobile) to configure this. David Nield, Wired, "How to Clean Up Your Old Social Media Posts," 14 June 2020 Defendants in a simulated criminal trial who testified on camera in a recent Australian study were no more likely to be found guilty than those who appeared beside their lawyers in court. The Economist, "In camera Covid-19 forces courts to hold proceedings online," 14 June 2020 The male officer, then kneeling beside Scott, straddles him across the back, appearing to try pull Scott's arm behind his back to be handcuffed. Alta Spells, Jessica King And Jason Hanna, CNN, "Oklahoma City police release video of 2019 deadly arrest after protesters demand it," 12 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Ora arrived late and took the only open seat, beside Kieffer. Nanette Asimov,, "A University of California regent, a sex harassment accusation and what an investigator found," 8 June 2020 Less of a wilderness experience because a road is beside much of it. Brian E. Clark, Los Angeles Times, "Why whitewater rafting could be the safest way to a family vacation this summer," 8 May 2020 Related’s skyscrapers at the yard would rise beside and on top of that. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Hudson Yards Promised a Park. They Didn’t Mention the Giant Wall.," 10 Jan. 2020 At the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama, she was seated on the dais beside two former presidents, Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush. Washington Post, "Juanita Abernathy, long at the forefront of the civil rights movement, dies at 89," 13 Sep. 2019 Hewitt was at his best in 1933 and ’34 while playing beside defensive tackle Link Lyman, who pioneered the use of pre-snap shifting. Will Larkin,, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 24, Bill Hewitt," 13 Aug. 2019 Harbaugh said both players will see time beside Onwuasor as the Ravens adjust to a post-Mosley world. Childs Walker,, "Why 2019 will be a make-or-break season for these 10 Ravens," 23 July 2019 The wax seal stamped on April 13th is the same as the stamp beside Don’t Blame Me in the rep magazine printed in 2017. Marie Claire, "Taylor Swift Superfans Called Her Big April 26 Announcement Months Ago," 13 Apr. 2019 Meanwhile, deputies in South Carolina had found an unidentified woman whose nude body was dumped in the woods beside I-85 in May 1998, Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Lt. Jeffrey Collins, The Seattle Times, "After 20 years police in 2 states link dead mother and son," 6 Feb. 2019

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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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25 Jun 2020

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“Beside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of beside

: by the side of (someone or something) : next to (someone or something)
: in comparison with (something)
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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