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beside

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preposition be·side \bi-ˈsīd, bē-\

Definition of beside

  1. 1a :  by the side of walk beside me a house beside a small lakeb :  in comparison with potential complications are minor beside the benefitsc :  on a par with a composition that can be ranked beside that of the masters

  2. 2 :  besides No one knows beside me. learning other languages beside French and English

  3. 3 :  not relevant to but that's beside the point

beside oneself

  1. :  in a state of extreme excitement

Examples of beside in a Sentence

  1. She sat beside him during dinner.

  2. The man beside her was wearing a brown suit and hat.

  3. They were walking beside me.

  4. Stand beside the statue and I'll take your picture.

  5. Their house is beside a small lake.

  6. These problems seem unimportant beside the potential benefits of the new system.

Origin and Etymology of 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


First Known Use: 13th century


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beside

adverb be·side

Definition of beside

  1. 1 archaic :  nearby

  2. 2 archaic :  besides

Origin and Etymology of beside

see 1beside


First Known Use: 14th century


BESIDE Defined for English Language Learners

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beside

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preposition be·side \bi-ˈsīd, bē-\

Definition of beside for English Language Learners

  • : by the side of (someone or something) : next to (someone or something)

  • : in comparison with (something)


BESIDE Defined for Kids

beside

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preposition be·side \bi-ˈsīd\

Definition of beside for Students

  1. 1 :  at or by the side of Come, sit beside me.

  2. 2 :  compared with He looks small beside you.

  3. 3 :  1besides

  4. 4 :  not relating to That remark is beside the point.

Headscratcher for beside

If you are beside yourself, you're not by your own side. When you're beside yourself, you're very upset.



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