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

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

Those regulations, established under the Obama administration, call for average vehicular fuel efficiency of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, applicable to model year 2017 and beyond. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: In climate deal with automakers, California finds solution to Trump — ignore him," 25 July 2019 Push this one to 11 and beyond, and get the place moving. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 32 Best Dance Songs of 2019 (So Far): Staff Picks," 27 June 2019 As for the future, will the balance be restored in 2023 and beyond, or is European dominance here to stay, at least for the time being?, "Why European Dominance at the 2019 Women's World Cup Is Unfamiliar But Not Unexpected," 27 June 2019 The government’s inept response left the island without power for months and contributed to thousands of deaths, fueling frustration and outrage both locally and beyond. Ana Campoy, Quartz, "The Puerto Rican diaspora is buying last-minute tickets to join historic protests," 22 July 2019 Tom Robbins, who along with David Jerkens, runs the smartest and best racing office in California, if not beyond, did go on Mike Willman’s Thoroughbred Los Angeles radio show on Sunday morning. John Cherwa,, "Racing! The latest on Jerry Hollendorfer and Del Mar," 15 July 2019 In India, Spotify Lite, available for those with Android 4.3 and beyond, will be a 10 megabyte (MB) version, compared with 30MB for the main app. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Spotify takes the Lite route to navigate India’s patchy internet," 9 July 2019 As the guides’ reach expanded to other countries in Europe in 1911 and beyond, so did Michelin’s clout. Michele Parente, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego joins dining elite as first Michelin star goes to Addison," 3 June 2019 Now, with Hogan barred by law from seeking a third term, his party is starting to turn its attention to 2022 and beyond. Washington Post, "Maryland Republican Party begins to ponder its future without Hogan," 9 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Since then, the eminent vocalist has been recognized well beyond the Bay Area for the conviction, erudition and elegance of her work. Howard Reich,, "Itzhak Perlman will pick up violin and baton at Ravinia," 13 Aug. 2019 Even with all the issues that followed Brown in Pittsburgh, this ordeal has been beyond difficult to comprehend. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Kliff Kingsbury had a hilarious response to Antonio Brown's helmet issues," 12 Aug. 2019 The reach of the Fellowship has extended well beyond the confines of Washington. NBC News, "Secretive Christian group at heart of D.C. politics ready for its close-up," 9 Aug. 2019 According to the proposal, the bureau is also considering whether to require debt collectors to tell consumers up front when their debt is beyond its statute of limitations. Author: Renae Merle, Anchorage Daily News, "Zombie debt: how collectors trick consumers into reviving dead debts," 9 Aug. 2019 But its influence extended well beyond online trolling and real-world intimidation. David French, Time, "My Fellow Republicans Must Stand Against the Alt-Right Virus Infecting America," 8 Aug. 2019 That design has implications well beyond healthcare. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "AI Needs Your Data—and You Should Get Paid for It," 8 Aug. 2019 Those went well beyond Nassar, who is serving an effective life sentence for abusing 300-plus girls and young women, often under the guise of medical treatment. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: No quick fixes at USA Gymnastics, but small signs of progress," 8 Aug. 2019 How Samsung, the smartphone industry's leading display manufacturer, missed the faster refresh rate trend is beyond me. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Galaxy Note10 hands-on: Samsung falls behind the competition," 8 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

With his consistent culinary excellence, his outreach to young workers and community commitment, and for attracting a national spotlight to the South Side restaurant community, Williams has changed the restaurant game in Chicago and beyond. Phil Vettel,, "Chef Erick Williams named Food & Dining’s Game Changer Award winner," 13 Aug. 2019 RiceBurg came to life in the summer of 2015 as a food truck traveling around Boston and beyond and catering private events. Rachel Lebeaux,, "RiceBurg puts down roots in Wellesley," 31 July 2019 Winter rates seem much lower beyond the initial 650 kWh charge – 4.9 cents to 1,000, and 4.7 beyond. William Thornton |, al, "How do Alabama’s utility bills compare to other states?," 29 July 2019 One of the most romantic restaurants in the area, Apice offers fine dining of fresh seafood with an unbelievable view of Valparaíso’s port and the Pacific beyond. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do in Valparaiso, Chile," 23 July 2019 Strap in, because 2019 and beyond is going to be a wild ride for gamers, with things this crazy ahead of E3 2019. Brittany Vincent, Popular Mechanics, "The Next Xbox Is Coming⁠—and So Are These 5 Long-Awaited Games from Microsoft," 11 June 2019 In turn, pizza lovers in the city and beyond have come to accept that as fact, with the restaurant drawing a large number of tourists and curiosity-seekers. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Historian Challenges Lombardi’s Pizza Primacy," 15 Feb. 2019 Just an oblique angle of the path and garden, the empty road beyond, and then the dark, shadowy expanse of the field stretching away into the distance. David Canfield,, "The Whisper Man: Read an excerpt from the horror novel being adapted by the Russo Bros.," 24 July 2019 For nearly 115 years, the Chicago Defender has been a vital news source for African Americans in Chicago and beyond. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "The ‘Chicago Defender,’ an Iconic Black Newspaper, to Release Its Last Print Issue," 9 July 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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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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not constant or steady

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