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be·​yond bē-ˈänd How to pronounce beyond (audio)
: on or to the farther side : farther
We could see the valley and the hills beyond.
: in addition : besides
provides the essentials but nothing beyond


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


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: something that lies on or to the farther side : something that lies beyond (see beyond entry 1 sense 1)
twenty miles back into the beyondR. W. Hatch
: 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

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? See More
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The latest from Washington and beyond, covering current events, the economy, and more, from our columnists and correspondents. Jay Caspian Kang, The New Yorker, 28 Nov. 2023 That’s just a taste of the young food entrepreneurs who are building companies that will define 2024 and beyond. Chloe Sorvino, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 As the movie theater business recovers from the pandemic, as well as the strikes that pushed several big blockbusters into 2024 and beyond, every studio has been forced to contend with a shrinking global box office. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 27 Nov. 2023 But when the fruit made it to Brazil’s southeastern metropolises, and then beyond, demand skyrocketed. Terrence McCoy, Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2023 Amid mounting scrutiny from figures in the entertainment industry and beyond, the studio giant later reversed its decision to bury the film, permitting director Dave Green to shop the title around to other distributors, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2023 But his presence figures to be potentially larger -- in part because none of his rivals have figured out a way to chip away at his lead, either at debates or on the campaign trail beyond. Rick Klein, ABC News, 8 Nov. 2023 New research shows that centenarians—or people who live to 100 or beyond—may have lower (but not too low) levels of glucose, uric acid, and creatinine in their blood. Brian Mastroianni, Health, 31 Oct. 2023 For his part, OpenAI’s Altman—who has become a household name in the tech world and perhaps beyond—stressed the need for in-person collaboration and noted the shortcomings of remote work during a Stripe conference in San Francisco earlier this year. Steve Mollman, Fortune, 28 Oct. 2023
And to underscore his legitimacy beyond overseeing money from friends and family, Adrian’s private investment arm, C Capital, raised more than $250 million for its Private Equity Fund III to back emerging consumer and technology firms. Shawna Kwan, Fortune, 29 Nov. 2023 Elo-Rivera said that funding beyond the $1.5 million grant will probably be needed. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Nov. 2023 The roadblocks include exorbitant costs that can stretch beyond $1,000 a month, limited insurance coverage, and constant supply shortages. Yasmin Tayag, The Atlantic, 29 Nov. 2023 Metastatic means that cancer has spread beyond the breast to other parts of the body, like your lymph nodes, bones, brain, or other organs and that the disease can no longer be completely cured, just paused, slowed, and managed. Petra Guglielmetti, Glamour, 29 Nov. 2023 Rather, the great powers lack the diplomatic and military capacity to respond to conflicts beyond Ukraine—and other actors know it. Consider the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Paul Poast, The Atlantic, 17 Nov. 2023 That’s why two-piece matching sets are having a major moment among style seekers who refuse to sacrifice comfort while navigating airports and beyond. Kristine Solomon, Travel + Leisure, 17 Nov. 2023 Billboard’s Friday Music Guide serves as a handy guide to this Friday’s most essential releases — the key music that everyone will be talking about today, and that will be dominating playlists this weekend and beyond. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, 17 Nov. 2023 This appears to be largely due to pressure by U.S. President Joe Biden on Israel to avoid widening the conflict beyond Gaza. Neri Zilber, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Nov. 2023
Since then, fans and friends in Hollywood and beyond have been paying tribute to the actor, including Friends costar Maggie Wheeler, former classmate and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and friend Shannen Doherty, to name a few. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 29 Oct. 2023 Still, Kelly is cautiously optimistic that 2024 and beyond will be better years for earnings, and therefore stocks. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 27 Feb. 2023 The Impact: As stream temperatures stress populations of native cutthroat, officials in Yellowstone and beyond have closed the Madison and other rivers to fishing, particularly during the heat of the day. Krista Langlois, Outside Online, 10 Mar. 2023 Struggling Sibling Struggling Sibling: If funeral attendance hinged on having a recent, close, functional relationship with the deceased, then a lot of us would be escorting ourselves to the beyond. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 8 Oct. 2023 Hollywood’s dual labor strike, which has resulted in a work stoppage, means that several major titles set for 2024 and beyond could miss their release dates. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 15 Aug. 2023 Before moving into the frightening beyond, a proper amount of reflection might be considered useful for a few people wondering what the fuss was all about up in Nashville. Joseph Goodman |, al, 21 July 2023 Is there another advanced civilization lurking out there in the great beyond? Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 31 July 2023 The telegraph, for instance, offered access to voices from the beyond; how far beyond was anyone’s guess. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 24 May 2021 See More

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Word History


Adverb, Preposition, and Noun

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

First Known Use


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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Beyond.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adverb
be·​yond bē-ˈänd How to pronounce beyond (audio)
: on or to the farther side


2 of 2 preposition
: on or to the farther side of
beyond that tree
beyond the sea
: out of the reach or sphere of
beyond help
beautiful beyond belief

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