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

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? See More
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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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beyond (all) expectations

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21 May 2022

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“Beyond.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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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