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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Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

The blocky, rustic figure was cut from the trunk of a living linden tree - whose base forms a tall plinth - in a field beside the Sava River in the village of Rozno, five miles from Sevnica. NBC News, "Rustic sculpture of Melania Trump unveiled in her native Slovenia," 6 July 2019 The blocky, rustic figure was cut from the trunk of a living linden tree – whose base forms a tall plinth – in a field beside the Sava River in the village of Rozno, five miles from Sevnica. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Artists unveil monument to Melania Trump near her hometown," 5 July 2019 During Thursday morning's Phoenix Mercury practice, Diana Taurasi took a moment to step off the court and clap a comforting hand on the shoulder of Essence Carson, who was stretching her legs on a stationary bike beside the scrimmage. Julia Stumbaugh, azcentral, "Diana Taurasi, Essence Carson injuries could challenge Mercury's lineup depth," 4 July 2019 Yet Edelman is back at the apex—with Swissa still right beside him—and still striving even higher. Ben Baskin,, "Julian Edelman Is Back on Top and Ready to Take Over the World," 3 July 2019 Strong family figures and laborers are placed beside religious imagery, abstract expressionism and fantastical creations. Trevor Fraser,, "Winter Park art museums have cure for summer doldrums," 2 July 2019 All those sites figured prominently in what were then highly realistic battle scenes, using actual World War I aircraft and active-duty Army Air Service pilots, sometimes with camera operators in the seats beside them. Paula Allen,, "Oscar-winning aviation epic shot in San Antonio had a’ re-premiere’ for Kelly AFB’s 50th anniversary," 29 June 2019 Leroux later posted a video of her quietly cheering beside her newborn following Megan Rapinoe’s early goal during the Americans’ World Cup match against France. Iliana Limón Romero, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City SC stars Sydney Leroux, Dom Dwyer welcome new baby girl," 29 June 2019 This large, cold moon features a thick, methane-rich atmosphere, mountains of ice and the only surface seas in the solar system beside those on Earth. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "NASA plans to send a flying robot to Saturn’s moon Titan," 28 June 2019

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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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 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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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