be·​yond | \ bē-ˈänd How to pronounce beyond (audio) \

Definition of beyond

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : on or to the farther side : farther We could see the valley and the hills beyond.
2 : in addition : besides provides the essentials but nothing beyond



Definition of beyond (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : on or to the farther side of : at a greater distance than beyond the horizon
2a : out of the reach or sphere (see sphere entry 1 sense 4b) of a task beyond his strength
b : in a degree or amount surpassing beautiful beyond measure
c : out of the comprehension of his reasoning is beyond me
3 : in addition to : besides doing work beyond his regular duties



Definition of beyond (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : something that lies on or to the farther side : something that lies beyond (see beyond entry 1 sense 1) twenty miles back into the beyond— R. W. Hatch
2 : something that lies outside the scope of ordinary experience … there's a beyond that the mind can't see, and that's where the answers are.— Robert Nathan specifically : hereafter

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Synonyms for beyond

Synonyms: Adverb

farther, further, yon, yonder

Synonyms: Preposition

over, past

Synonyms: Noun

afterlife, eternity, hereafter, immortality

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Examples of beyond in a Sentence


From the house we can see the valley and the hills beyond. We passed the hotel and drove a bit beyond to see the ocean. The children who are part of the study will be monitored through their school years and beyond.


From the house we can see the valley and the mountains beyond it. The parking area is just beyond those trees. Our land extends beyond the fence to those trees. planets beyond our solar system His influence does not extend beyond this department.


who knows how we'll fare in the beyond?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Scroll through for our favorite outfits featuring crop tops for a little style inspiration, for summer 2019 and beyond. Glamour, "How to Wear a Crop Top Anywhere, Anytime," 13 May 2019 He is mentioned as having ambitions for higher office in 2020 or beyond. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, "Who’s Who on the Senate Panel Questioning William Barr," 13 Jan. 2019 With the This Is Us season 3 finale not too far away, many fans already have their sights set on what's going to happen in season 4 and beyond. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Season 4 Sounds Like It's Going to Be a REALLY Hard One for Fans," 19 Mar. 2019 Dew Drops is no stranger to celebrities' faces—stars from Selena Gomez, to Cardi B, to Gisele and Janelle Monae have worn the original highlighter and the Fantasy version on the red carpet and beyond. Emily Wang, Glamour, "Beyoncé Wears This Highlighter, and No Higher Endorsement Exists," 7 Aug. 2018 Because rate increases this month and in December are so highly anticipated, the market’s reaction could hinge on any clues officials provide about what comes in 2019 and beyond. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "The Tricky Part of the Fed’s Next Rate Increases," 13 Sep. 2018 But this year, most of the front-seven players in Carolina are under contract through 2020 or beyond, while every defensive back—save for slot specialist Captain Munnerlyn—is due to hit free agency before then. Andy Benoit,, "2018 NFL Draft Grades: Analysis of All 32 Teams," 28 Apr. 2018 Clients including major employers, which make decisions about their health and pharmacy benefits many months in advance, will already be expecting to hear about the company’s offerings for 2019, 2020 and beyond. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "CVS Urges Judge Not to Halt Integration of Aetna," 18 Dec. 2018 But perhaps the Mariners have now better positioned themselves for a playoff run in 2020 and beyond. Seattle Times Sports Staff, The Seattle Times, "Now a Yankee, James Paxton says a heartfelt thank you to Mariners fans," 20 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Statistically, the game was pretty even, but Kentucky separated itself from beyond the arc, outscoring Indiana 36-18. Robert General, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana boys Junior All-Stars dominate Kentucky as both teams split series," 4 June 2019 The staff there is beyond special to her whole family., "Carol L. Haynes," 4 June 2019 Castro’s campaign billed his plan as one of the broadest and most consequential overhauls of local policing in decades and beyond what any other Democratic presidential hopeful this cycle has offered. Bill Lambrecht,, "San Antonio’s Julián Castro pitches policing overhaul as he seeks edge over Democrats," 4 June 2019 Shooting will go beyond London with production targeting Victorian locations including Edinburgh, Bath, and Northumberland. Rosy Cordero,, "First look at Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes' new series Belgravia," 4 June 2019 The backlash appears to be moving beyond social media. Paula Rogo, Essence, "'When They See Us' Backlash: Former Prosecutor Linda Fairstein Chased Off Social Media," 4 June 2019 Green is shooting 19 percent from beyond the arc in the postseason. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: The Raptors paid Steph Curry the ultimate respect and it told us so much about these NBA Finals," 3 June 2019 The 6-foot-10, 225-pound Kessler likes the way Auburn stretches the floor, with just about every player on the court not only able to knock down shots from beyond the arc, but how Pearl gives his players the freedom to take those shots. Tom Green |,, "Auburn in top 3 for 5-star center Walker Kessler," 3 June 2019 Illinois lawmakers over the weekend approved an infrastructure bill that includes $100 million for a proposal to extend Metra train service beyond Aurora into Kendall County. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "General Assembly OKs $100 million for proposed Metra extension into Kendall County," 3 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But the elision of bird-birder-birding somehow touched the beyond, and birding is now the word of choice.... Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "Book Review: Why Birders Flock Together," 17 May 2019 To be sure, the spooky tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s Christmas-eve visitation by a tag team of spirits from the great beyond appears at first blush to be a thoroughly Christian parable of the power of grace to melt the hearts of men. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "How the Movies Invented Christmas," 20 Dec. 2018 And that immersion allows one to see something else, a beyond, past the luminescent surface of the screen. Carlos Valladares, San Francisco Chronicle, "Argentine director Lucrecia Martel to attend Berkeley retrospective of her work," 16 Apr. 2018 Teams like Oklahoma City and New Orleans must have strong showings as a way to appeal to stars this summer and beyond. Michael Singer, USA TODAY, "Western Conference story lines entering NBA playoffs: Are Rockets favored over Warriors?," 13 Apr. 2018 The central bank’s path for 2019 and beyond is less clear. Jessica Menton, WSJ, "In the Markets: The Fed Decision by Asset Class," 26 Sep. 2018 According to Doyle, there are two main steps to figure out if a communication from beyond is a language. Brian Resnick, Vox, "What humpback whales can teach us about alien languages," 6 Dec. 2018 The more-than-a-year-long probe by the special counsel has revealed a lot about the 2016 presidential election and beyond, but a report has not been released in full, so many questions remain. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "The Russia Investigation Is Almost Over. Here's What You Need to Know," 8 Dec. 2018 But eventually, and thanks in part to activists and reporters such as Herbers, whites in the South and beyond could not turn away. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of beyond


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for beyond

Adverb, Preposition, and Noun

Middle English, preposition & adverb, from Old English begeondan, from be- + geondan beyond, from geond yond — more at yond

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The first known use of beyond was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of beyond

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: on or to the farther part or side
: to or until a later time
: in addition



English Language Learners Definition of beyond (Entry 2 of 2)

: on or to the farther part or side of (something) : at a greater distance than (something)
: outside the limits or range of (something) : more than (something)
: for a period of time that continues after (a particular date, age, etc.)


be·​yond | \ bē-ˈänd How to pronounce beyond (audio) \

Kids Definition of beyond

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: on or to the farther side a valley and the mountains beyond



Kids Definition of beyond (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : on the other side of beyond the sea
2 : out of the limits or range of beyond help

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