beyond

adverb
be·yond | \ bē-ˈänd \

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

beyond

preposition

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

beyond

noun

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 & Antonyms for beyond

Synonyms: Adverb

farther, further, yon, yonder

Synonyms: Preposition

outside, outside of, without

Synonyms: Noun

afterlife, eternity, hereafter, immortality

Antonyms: Preposition

within

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Examples of beyond in a Sentence

Adverb

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.

Preposition

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.

Noun

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

Yet these bartenders remain optimistic, pointing toward the anti-plastic straw movement—which has spread beyond well beyond bars into coffee shops, global food chains, airlines, and even city-wide bans. Rachel King, Fortune, "Sustainable Cocktails Could Be the Next Big Trend in Bartending," 2 July 2018 Relief pitcher Craig Stammen, who is in the first season of a two-year contract, may or may not be here in 2020 or beyond. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Reds get best of Walker Lockett, latest Padres rookie to debut," 1 June 2018 That option already has allowed some area lawyers to schedule hearings for 2021 or beyond. Rick Montgomery, kansascity, "She fled war-torn El Salvador and now fears being forced to return, to possible death," 24 Jan. 2018 Districts locally and beyond have adopted or expanded such programs to put more focus on school safety and security, especially as mass school shootings became more frequent. Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, "Part-time school resource officer job at West Dundee middle school to go full time," 10 July 2018 By Public Safety News Related stories from Sacramento Bee Here's the air quality outlook for July 4 and beyond, amid Northern California wildfires Seen those tankers above Sacramento? Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Travis Air Force Base postpones July Fourth drone light show due to high winds," 4 July 2018 The Capital and its small staff have been embraced by the journalism community and others, both locally and beyond. Nicholas Bogel-burroughs, baltimoresun.com, "American Society of News Editors calls for global moment of silence to honor Capital Gazette shooting victims," 3 July 2018 Russian prosecutors accused him of going beyond peaceful protest by setting fires and plotting to blow up a Lenin statue, and a court sentenced him to 20 years in prison. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, "Hunger Strike Creates Unwanted Backdrop for Russia During World Cup," 16 June 2018 The town is marketing itself as a convenient location for major shipping routes that link growing economies in India, East Africa and beyond. Eoghan Macguire, CNN, "Can Duqm become the Arab world's next 'great city?'," 3 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

The damage surpassed $306 billion, far beyond the previous U.S. annual record cost of $214 billion. Jason Pohl, azcentral, "Fires, floods, hurricanes: Disaster experts weigh ‘new normal’," 14 July 2018 So yeah, Cohen’s not directly looking beyond Bitcoin, though his investment is. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Term Sheet - Friday, July 13," 13 July 2018 But beyond these five acts, the Cal State Fair has much more to offer in terms of music – here's a full list of all the dates and performers for this July. Adesuwa Agbonile, sacbee, "5 Cal State Fair musical acts you don’t want to miss this year," 13 July 2018 Survivors must leap over high hurdles to have any hope of collecting damages beyond workers’ comp. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "Firefighters protect us. Who protects them?," 13 July 2018 This is the preferred method if the relationship has gotten beyond weird. Peter Dunn, USA TODAY, "Pete the Planner: Has your financial adviser failed you? 3 ways to let them know it," 13 July 2018 Jeff Passan tweets: Dodgers have stepped up pursuit of a position player and are looking beyond Manny Machado. Have had conversations with Reds about Scooter Gennett, Twins about Brian Dozier and Mets about Asdrubal Cabrera. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty's Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds need the off day, and other MLB thoughts," 12 July 2018 DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz told lawmakers last month that as a result of the report's findings, the FBI found two additional FBI agents beyond Strzok and Page as well as one attorney that exposed political bias during the investigation. CBS News, "FBI's Peter Strzok testifies on anti-Trump bias before House panel -- live updates," 12 July 2018 But beyond the nasty concoctions and Hannibal-like rites, our ancestors also came up with some surprisingly ingenious methods. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "The History and Evolution of Birth Control in America," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Otherwise with Federatsiya stalled, Russian cosmonauts would depend on NASA to carry its crews to the near-lunar gateway and beyond. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "Russia's Soyuz Spacecraft Could Find New Life as a Lunar Taxi," 6 July 2018 From the greenlight process through theatrical release and beyond, Michael adds invaluable insight throughout the lifecycle of a film. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "Michael Moses and Dwight Caines to Run Marketing at Universal Pictures," 18 June 2018 When the inbound lanes of 495 become clogged, a stream of cars backs up toward the Turnpike and onto Route 3, a highway that wends west through Secaucus, past the Meadowlands sports complex and into the suburban beyond. Patrick Mcgeehan, New York Times, "For New Jersey Commuters, a Sequel to the ‘Summer of Hell’," 5 June 2018 The ending is certainly an interesting new bit of table-setting: There’s Dolores and Bernard both in the real world, Maeve still in the park, Teddy in the great beyond, and gigaflops of data that have been beamed to some mysterious place. The Atlantic, "Westworld: Is This Now?," 24 June 2018 William Shatner has not beamed up to the great beyond. Mike Miller, PEOPLE.com, "William Shatner Says He's 'Not Planning on Dying' & Calls Out Facebook After Ad Suggests He Died," 21 Mar. 2018 The exhibits describe the ambitious-beyond-belief foray of American industry into the Alaska wilderness a century ago, as well as the empty quiet that followed after the mountains were abandoned during the Great Depression. Tom Kizzia, Anchorage Daily News, "Amid the ruins of the Kennecott mine, a quiet new look at a unique slice of history," 26 June 2018 There’s more in him now than the fear of the beyond, the despair and fury at abandonment by Louis. Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "Berkeley Rep revives ‘Angels in America,’ in all its soaring spirit," 29 Apr. 2018 Railroads, originally small, local roads, quickly consolidated into roads that reached from New York to Chicago and beyond. John Steele Gordon, BostonGlobe.com, "When the GOP fought against monopolies," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of beyond

Adverb

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

Preposition

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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for beyond

Adverb

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

Preposition

see beyond entry 1

Noun

see beyond entry 1

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More Definitions for beyond

beyond

adverb

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

beyond

preposition

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.)

beyond

adverb
be·yond | \ bē-ˈänd \

Kids Definition of beyond

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

beyond

preposition

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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