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

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 Those in search of a quieter experience would do well to drive through the Columbia Gorge, crossing the river into Washington and heading up into the hills just beyond. oregonlive, "Swale Canyon is an under-the-radar wildflower hike outside the Columbia Gorge," 10 Apr. 2021 Hard Knock Life to Drake’s Thank Me Later and beyond. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, "All the Verzuz Battles, Ranked," 7 Apr. 2021 With everything that's gone on during Matt James' season and beyond, the toxicity of The Bachelor has come to the forefront. Ineye Komonibo,, "It Sounds Like Rachel Lindsay Is Officially Done With Bachelor Nation," 23 Feb. 2021 The moons of Jupiter and Saturn might be accessible, but not so much the stars beyond. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "The Expanse S5 review: The show is bigger, bolder, and better than ever," 11 Dec. 2020 The Baikal telescope looks down, through the entire planet, out the other side, toward the center of our galaxy and beyond, essentially using Earth as a giant sieve. New York Times, "Hunting Ghost Particles Beneath the World’s Deepest Lake," 30 Mar. 2021 Even when parents live a full measure and beyond, their passing is a sadness, as everyone knows who has experienced such a loss. Byron Tate, Arkansas Online, "Loving family had to let go," 28 Mar. 2021 As evidenced by the reactions to her latest picture with Jesse, the Grey's family is more than ecstatic to welcome her back for season 17 (and hopefully beyond!). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Grey's Anatomy' Fans Reveal Their True Feelings About Jackson and April Reuniting in Season 17," 26 Mar. 2021 The event gathered more than 700 registrations from Northeast Ohio and beyond, which more than doubled attendance records for a launch event in the museum’s 15-year history. cleveland, "Maltz Museum has series of ‘Notorious RBG’ events scheduled for April: Press Run," 26 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Some of those cuts were blocked in federal court, but DeJoy’s plans for the Postal Service extended far beyond November. Christine Condon,, "Baltimoreans bemoan continued mail delays as postmaster general touts new 10-year service plan," 13 Apr. 2021 But the tensions and passions at play in both countries extend far beyond the Andes. Washington Post, "Two Andean elections reflect an age of global discontent," 13 Apr. 2021 The government is bringing the effort to enlist members of society to report on one another beyond mainland China as well, setting up a hotline to report breaches of Hong Kong’s national security law. Jane Li, Quartz, "China wants regular citizens to monitor online comments for “harmful” history," 13 Apr. 2021 The key safety provisions — including mandatory coronavirus testing for students and staff as well as six-foot distancing between desks — go beyond what health authorities require. Howard Blume Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "LAUSD’s slow, cautious reopening shows the influence of the teachers union, but it has critics," 13 Apr. 2021 New Balance laid out a vision more than a decade ago to reach beyond being the company known largely for being one of the standards for running shoes., "Boston College teams up with New Balance to outfit its athletes and give them a role in uniform designs," 13 Apr. 2021 The move will extend military presence in Afghanistan beyond the May 1 withdrawal date previously negotiated by former President Donald Trump. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "President Biden to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, extending Trump's May 1 deadline," 13 Apr. 2021 That line extended east and west beyond the mall property and into neighboring residential and retail areas. cleveland, "Richmond Heights begins demolition of old high school; new school is ‘fresh and clean’," 13 Apr. 2021 For one thing, projecting the racial makeup of future populations calls for data beyond the ability of our current census methods to provide. Clarence Page,, "Column: Relax, Tucker Carlson, reports of ‘replacement’ are greatly exaggerated," 13 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His legacy will live on, from the Bronx and into the beyond. Rachel Yang,, "Craig 'muMs' Grant, actor from Oz and Spike Lee projects, dies at 52," 26 Mar. 2021 The crew behind the 2019 album Thank You Mister Rogers-Music and Memories, is gathering online to wish Rogers the best in the great beyond. Adrienne Gibbs, Forbes, "Happy Birthday Mr. Rogers: A Virtual Party," 17 Mar. 2021 But that would pour more gasoline on Washington's raging fiscal fires, generating even higher deficits and dangerous debt - now estimated at over $27 trillion - beyond that incurred by recent pandemic spending. Robert Moffit, Star Tribune, "Medicare for All? First, let's save the Medicare we have.," 4 Mar. 2021 Burke missed a 29-foot 3-pointer from the beyond the top of the key with 21 seconds left, but the ball caromed to Mavericks center Willie Cauley-Stein on the left wing. Dallas News, "Luka Doncic shows displeasure with lack of late timeout call in Mavericks’ loss to Bucks," 16 Jan. 2021 Astronomers could see escaping icy matter forming a hazy cloud called a coma, and a tail rocketed out into the inky beyond. Robin George Andrews New York Times, Star Tribune, "A 'front-row seat' to the birth of a comet in astronomical firs," 20 Dec. 2020 Another above-and-beyond piece of car-casting has led to the creation of a very accurate replica of the Jaguar XJ-SC cabriolet that Princess Diana acquired in 1987. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "All the Best Cars in The Crown, Season 4," 26 Nov. 2020 The same week that Dowden’s father passed away, Kanye West gave his wife Kim Kardashian West a birthday present: a hologram of her late father Rob Kardashian dancing and offering her a birthday wish from the beyond. Janet Manley, Wired, "The Ethics of Rebooting the Dead," 26 Nov. 2020 Farther, longer, deeper into the back of the beyond—that’s the aspiration of backcountry hunters, anglers, and explorers. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "The Backcountry Hunting and Fishing Gifts Guide," 24 Nov. 2020

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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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Last Updated

15 Apr 2021

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“Beyond.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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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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