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



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

farther, further, yon, yonder

Synonyms: Preposition

over, past

Synonyms: Noun

afterlife, eternity, hereafter, immortality

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Examples of beyond in a Sentence


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.


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.


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

Basically, Lili will be our style icon for 2019 and beyond. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Lili Reinhart Wore a Mullet Dress and Won the Golden Globes Red Carpet," 7 Jan. 2019 In 2019, the Fortnite Effect will be felt across the gaming industry, and beyond, as developers grapple with the concept of video-game-as-social-network—with implications good and bad. David Pierce, WSJ, "Tech That Will Change Your Life in 2019," 30 Dec. 2018 This means that states don't always have a lot of control over whether there's an oil drilling rig 3.1 miles offshore and beyond. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "New Jersey wants to know why Florida is exempt from Trump’s offshore drilling plans," 14 Oct. 2018 That will include testing features like Touch Bar integration, and any future OneDrive features planned for 2018 and beyond. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft brings OneDrive Files On-Demand to the Mac," 24 Sep. 2018 While this next Orion mission will have no crew on board, NASA anticipates eventually using the spacecraft to bring astronauts beyond low Earth orbit. Elizabeth Howell,, "NASA's Orion Spacecraft Gets Heat Shield for Daring Test Flight to the Moon," 21 Aug. 2018 Men, women and children — asylum seekers from Central America, Mexico, Africa and beyond — parted to make way for its keeper. Cindy Carcamo,, "For many waiting in Tijuana, a mysterious notebook is the key to seeking asylum," 5 July 2018 White was notably terse with reporters two weeks ago in discussing his latest comeback from injury and his uncertain prospects for 2018 and beyond. Dan Wiederer,, "Can Kevin White's passion and eagerness to learn catalyze his latest comeback attempt?," 6 June 2018 Once blazing fast, next-generation 5G wireless networks start to become a reality in 2019 and beyond, such content offerings could get more compelling while also helping the carriers justify higher prices. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Do new unlimited plans from Sprint, Verizon signal start of a new cell-phone price war?," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

That may go beyond just connectivity, as Newman highlighted built-in Windows apps like Windows 10’s own Your Phone app or Dell Mobile Connect. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Inside Project Athena: How Intel and PC makers are creating the ultra-responsive laptops of tomorrow," 7 Jan. 2019 But our contemporary landscape, replete with theoretically smart handputers, has an amazing past that extends well beyond my lifetime. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Try your hand at being an operator at the Roseville Telephone Museum," 22 Dec. 2018 At the very least, Hulu’s interest in the show ended up pushing the price up well beyond the $30 million a year Netflix was already paying for it. Peter Kafka, Recode, "The story behind Netflix’s $100 million ‘Friends’ deal," 5 Dec. 2018 The damage done by Fox News goes well beyond triggering the libs. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Dueling employee petitions have revealed a deep divide within Google over China," 29 Nov. 2018 The demands of parenting are real, and all parents should be encouraged to have healthy, productive self-care outlets that go beyond a wine glass. Claire Gillespie, SELF, "Becoming Sober Made Me Realize How Problematic ‘Wine Mom’ Culture Really Is," 20 Nov. 2018 Even Kiernan Shipka's Sabrina is seen dabbling in rich, red shades that go beyond her usual barely-tinted lip balm. Marci Robin, Allure, "The Lipsticks Worn by the Witches of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Are Surprisingly Pricey," 1 Nov. 2018 Of course, great fashion extends well beyond those longstanding fashion hubs: To help inspire your next packing list, here are eight bold looks from four of the world's most exciting cities. Condé Nast Traveler, "The World's Best Street Style—and How to Shop It," 21 Sep. 2018 However, taking a course at a driving school that goes beyond parallel parking basics is a great way to feel more secure with your skills. Seventeen Editors, Seventeen, "7 Driving Tips For Teens That'll Seriously Help You Become a Pro On The Road," 14 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The more-than-a-year-long probe by the special counsel has revealed a lot about the 2016 presidential election and beyond, but a report has not been released in full, so many questions remain. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "The Russia Investigation Is Almost Over. Here's What You Need to Know," 8 Dec. 2018 But eventually, and thanks in part to activists and reporters such as Herbers, whites in the South and beyond could not turn away. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy," 15 May 2018 Here is yet another of the wondrous designs from winter 1967, when black was pulling Balenciaga into the beyond, a galaxy all his own. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Balenciaga in Black’ Review: Fashion Goes to the Dark Side," 9 Oct. 2018 At least Kate doesn't have to worry about spirits from the beyond. 2. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House Is Basically a Scary This Is Us," 16 Oct. 2018 Below, 7 lustrous lacquers that make the case for polishing up this fall and beyond. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Why This Surprising Metallic Manicure Feels So Right for Fall," 8 Oct. 2018 Part of it, sure, is the whimsy of seeing a beyond-your-wildest-dreams treehouse come together. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Pete Nelson's Latest Project Proves He's The Ultimate Treehouse Master," 4 Oct. 2018 Senators can help make the American citizenry aware how much is at stake for the Court and for the country — in health care and beyond. Abbe Gluck, Vox, "The fate of the ACA could turn on Judge Kavanaugh’s appointment," 23 July 2018 Any new Tesla delivered in 2020 and beyond will be ineligible for the federal tax credit. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Tesla sold 200,000 cars in the US, so the $7,500 tax credit is going away," 12 July 2018

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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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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 \

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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