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 : besides No one knows beside me. learning other languages beside French and English
3 : not relevant to but that's beside the point
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

as well as, besides, beyond, over and above

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Examples of beside in a Sentence


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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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are beside themselves with joy, as was apparent in their formal introduction. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "When Will Baby Sussex Be Christened?," 10 May 2019 The squirrel is wearing a cowboy hat, smoking a cigarette, holding a miniature replica gun and is mounted beside the nameplate on pitching prospect Hunter Harvey's locker in the Orioles clubhouse. Jon Meoli,, "Before ever pitching for Orioles, Andrew Cashner invested himself in meshing with new mates," 10 Mar. 2018 And although Gaga sat next to her A Star Is Born costar and director, Bradley Cooper, in the front row, Carino also sat right beside her at the table. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga and Her Fiancé Christian Carino Were Too Cute at the Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 Monteverdi, in Tuscany, Italy, is right beside the ruins of a 12th-century castle. Carmen Rosy Hall, Vogue, "These Are the World’s Sexiest Bedrooms, According to Two Globe-Trotters Who Would Know," 14 Nov. 2018 Then again, the photo shows Mueller sitting beside his wife. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Special counsel Robert Mueller is now investigating his MacBook," 26 Sep. 2018 Another passenger, Rosey Blair, had asked the woman to switch seats so Blair could sit beside her boyfriend. Kelli Stacy,, "Former UConn Soccer Player Euan Holden Part Of Viral Twitter Thread About In-Flight Romance," 6 July 2018 Amy sat beside him, not saying a word or allowing a noticeable expression to escape her face. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Bottom of lineup powers Astros' rout of Giants," 22 May 2018 Clarissa watched from the front row; Ben sat beside Mahoney. Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, "How One Woman’s Fight to Save Her Family Helped Lead to a Mass Exoneration," 19 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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 An attendant sits beside fuel pumps at a Bharat Petroleum gas station in Mumbai, India, in June. Saumya Vaishampayan, WSJ, "India Can Thank Crude’s Slump for a Soaring Stock Market," 27 Nov. 2018 There are even tiny white slippers tucked beside with it, sweetly and almost discreetly. Jill Gleeson, Good Housekeeping, "Menopause Doesn't Make Me Invisible," 5 Oct. 2018 Live roaches are on floor beside and behind cooler under racks stored on floor. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Rodent poop in a fruit bowl, near soup, on shelves. These restaurants are in deep ...," 7 June 2018 Outside, another pool, with its own waterfall, sits beside beautiful formal gardens. Bridget Mallon, ELLE Decor, "Beyoncé and Jay Z Have Found Their New Los Angeles Home," 7 Oct. 2015 The photos feature 3-year-old Matthew smiling beside and hugging his older sister Charlotte, who is undergoing chemotherapy to treat leukemia. Fox News, "3-year-old boy shaves head to support big sister's cancer battle," 23 Apr. 2018 Noise level Conversation easy unless seated beside particularly enthusiastic lounge act. Devra First,, "At Mastro’s Ocean Club and LoLa 42 in the Seaport, an escape from the known city," 12 Mar. 2018

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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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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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