be·side | \bi-ˈsīd, 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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Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Martin has been parliamentarian for six years, standing beside Lt. Gillian Mcgoldrick,, "In the Pa. Senate, every day starts with a witty ditty," 12 July 2018 With the sloop in mid-channel in the Hudson, crew member and educator coordinator Krista Norris, standing beside a brass bell on the deck, calls for the students’ attention. Billboard, "Aboard the Clearwater: Five Decades of Environmental Activism Rooted In Music," 13 June 2018 There’s a purity to Shinnecock Hills, set beside the Peconic Bay and among the old money estates about 100 miles east of Manhattan. Ron Green Jr., charlotteobserver, "5 storylines for the U.S. Open as ‘brutal’ Shinnecock Hills awaits," 13 June 2018 Puppets pop out of corners and doorways, along hallways and beside stairways. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Puppets On Parade Link Literacy, Art For Elementary Students," 11 Apr. 2018 Unglert, who sat beside Viall and in front of Bachelor Nation’s Jared Haibon in a car, said in the video shared on social media Tuesday. Natalie Stone,, "Nick Viall & Dean Unglert Hilariously Spoof Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s Dramatic Bachelor Journey," 6 Mar. 2018 The trail meanders through towering evergreens, over a creek and beside a waterfall. Jim Ryan,, "First look at PCT after Columbia gorge fire shows scorched landscape, signs of life," 6 Feb. 2018 True, he and his running mate, Mark Roosevelt, got demolished by Bill Weld and Paul Cellucci, but that’s beside the point. Adrian Walker,, "The Democrats running for governor must be wondering when the cavalry arrives," 11 July 2018 Her two other children toddle beside her and Lavelle, her husband, headed for the welcoming chill of a multiplex matinee. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, "For three families, Tulsa experiment offers chance to grasp American dream," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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 The library even has a fireplace to warm up beside in colder months. Birmingham Magazine,, "The Top 10 Things to Do in Birmingham's Suburbs," 5 Feb. 2018 As a way to shame her into losing weight for a role, she was forced to stand beside much thinner women, then photographed. The Washington Post,, "Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Lawrence join the chorus of women sharing Hollywood sexual abuse stories," 17 Oct. 2017 Beside and behind him marched leaders like Ambassador Andrew Young and Congressman John Lewis. Greg Bluestein, ajc, "David Ralston on the day that ‘took much too long to get here’," 29 Aug. 2017 Beside, Gun Runner still hasn’t beaten him on the track. Jeff Nahill,, "Gun Runner needs to earn top spot," 22 Aug. 2017

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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


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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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 \

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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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