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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Director Taika Waititi stood beside Hemsworth in the grayscale snap, dressed in full gladiator garb as his character, Korg. Katie Campione,, 1 June 2021 Sure enough, a tall, slender young woman stood beside Kirpal’s wheelchair, one hand on his shoulder. Rachel Heng, The New Yorker, 31 May 2021 And also for everyone who has prayed and stood beside us all these years. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, 20 May 2021 Vice President Kamala Harris stood beside him, also without a face covering. Ben Gittleson, ABC News, 13 May 2021 Putin, who has been in power as either president or prime minister since 1999, stood beside Soviet war veterans on a review platform set up on Red Square. NBC News, 9 May 2021 In addition to Buydens’ battle with breast cancer and Douglas’s struggle with depression after suffering a stroke, the couple has stood strong beside each other over the years. Chanel Vargas, Town & Country, 30 Apr. 2021 On a sunshiny August afternoon in 2019, the actor John Cullum stood singing and storytelling beside an upright piano in a rehearsal space off Columbus Circle, inside a building that no longer exists. New York Times, 7 Apr. 2021 His son stood beside the podium, eyes cast downward, hands in his pockets, occasionally nodding his head. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb 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 Black Angus leisurely grazing the pastures of timothy and clover, calves frolicking beside. Lara Jackson, National Geographic, 19 Nov. 2020 But what is the point of multilateral agreements such as the JCPOA if those who enter into them beside are utterly useless when other parties don’t abide by them? Isaac Schorr, National Review, 21 Oct. 2020 Three sisters and a brother now sit beside and will grow up with him. Georgia Slater,, 11 July 2020

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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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14 Jun 2021

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“Beside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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