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: Adverb

Synonyms: Preposition

Synonyms: Noun

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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 Despite the dates in the exhibition’s title, many works shown take us forward to World War II and beyond, as if to emphasize the garden’s enduring healing power. Jenny Uglow, The New York Review of Books, "Garden of Painterly Delights," 16 Mar. 2020 Though there are some customers from elsewhere in Texas or beyond, most are Brownsville residents, drawn simply by word of mouth. Priya Krishna, New York Times, "A Texas Border Town’s Booming Trade in Great Tacos," 25 Feb. 2020 One particular mural is drawing widespread attention locally and beyond. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Mural of Kobe and Gigi Bryant latest of many tributes popping up across Los Angeles," 27 Jan. 2020 But some outside observers don't think Calhoun will be one to buck that trend and continue in the role to age 66 and beyond. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Can anyone get Boeing through this mess? He's going to try," 11 Jan. 2020 Results showed that sedentary behavior increased and light activity decreased throughout adolescence, for unknown reasons, both of which led to depressive symptoms at 18 years old and beyond. Dr. Yalda Safai, ABC News, "Lack of activity in kids may predict depression in adulthood: Study," 12 Feb. 2020 The disease has now radiated throughout China and beyond, causing a total of 31,388 infections globally, according to Johns Hopkins University’s virus tracker. Hillary Leung, Time, "'An Eternal Hero.' Whistleblower Doctor Who Sounded Alarm on Coronavirus Dies in China," 7 Feb. 2020 GM Chris Grier has done a really nice job building assets for 2020 and beyond, and that effort should continue this weekend. Albert Breer,, "Players Who Might Be Traded Ahead of NFL Roster Cuts," 30 Aug. 2019 The deal is valid for any voyage three nights or longer that embarks April 2020 or beyond. Elissa Garay, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cruise Deals of 2020's 'Wave Season'," 8 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Here's more of the latest coronavirus news for Louisville, Kentucky, Southern Indiana and elsewhere: The shutdowns of Louisville's two Ford plants will extend beyond March 30 because of the coronavirus, the automaker announced. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "Ford shutdown, retailers close and Trump tweets: Here's your midday coronavirus update," 24 Mar. 2020 For example, local districts could switch to year-round schooling, extend their current or upcoming academic year beyond the usual minimum of around 180 instructional days, lengthen school days and skip some holidays once things are back to normal. Jon Pedersen, The Conversation, "With schools everywhere suspended, an education expert answers 4 questions about the upheaval," 23 Mar. 2020 As the sudden surge in cases in Hong Kong shows, quarantines and social distancing must continue well beyond the initial wave of cases, if another round of infections is to be avoided. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Monday, March 23," 23 Mar. 2020 Shelves have been stripped bare and online demand has soared far beyond their capacity to meet it. Alison Griswold, Quartz, "The UK led the world in online grocery delivery—until coronavirus happened," 21 Mar. 2020 But the crash extended well beyond the DMA and Perot. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "As Dallas arts organizations cope with the pandemic fallout, the focus is on survival — and the future," 21 Mar. 2020 Outbreak affects us all The impact of the coronavirus outbreak, however, goes far beyond those who are ill. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Holcomb offers measures to help ease financial crush of coronavirus," 19 Mar. 2020 Confusion and concerns around supplies extend well beyond Amite. Maya Miller, ProPublica, "As Doctors and Nurses Grow Desperate for Protective Gear, They Fear They’re Infecting Patients," 19 Mar. 2020 North American Dental Group has become a lightning rod for complaints in recent years, especially from former dentists and employees who say revenue pressures went far beyond what is typical in the industry. USA Today, "Dentists under pressure to drill ‘healthy teeth’ for profit, former insiders allege," 19 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Though Mobley made these recordings between the ages of thirty-two and forty, many of them nonetheless inhabit the rarefied realm of late work—art that feels as if its creator already has a foot in the beyond. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Haunted Jazz of Hank Mobley," 25 Mar. 2020 Welcome back to The Hollywood Reporter's weekly Comics Watch, a dive into how the latest books from Marvel, DC and beyond could provide fodder for the big (and small) screen. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "Comics Watch: How New 'Batman' Villain Will Change the Game," 5 Mar. 2020 Looming in the March 3 Super Tuesday states and beyond is former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, buoyed by campaign... Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "Moderate Democrats Stress Over Crowded Center Lane," 13 Feb. 2020 At only 17-years-old, environmental activist Greta Thunberg has a beyond impressive resume to her name: globally applauded speaker, TIME’s youngest ever Person of the Year, Twitter clapback queen, and now, television star. Asia Ewart,, "Greta Thunberg’s New TV Show Plans To Change The World, One Screen At A Time," 11 Feb. 2020 Sending teams to Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina and beyond isn’t free; thank you for making it possible. Lisa Lerer, New York Times, "The Hot Mess Express," 4 Feb. 2020 God’s being, which extends from the center of the atom to the burning edge of the universe and beyond beyond, is what Job must accept. Christian Wiman, Harper's magazine, "The Cancer Chair," 20 Jan. 2020 As the end of 2019 approaches, news reports about Apple's plans for 2020 and beyond are going strong. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Everything to Know About Apple’s Big iPhone Profits and a Big Potential Acquisition," 21 Dec. 2019 Shades of green Beyond these specific controversies, many companies in the energy sector and beyond have voiced support for moving to a lower-carbon economy. Cara Daggett, The Conversation, "Fight or switch? How the low-carbon transition is disrupting fossil fuel politics," 22 Nov. 2019

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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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27 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Beyond.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2020.

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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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