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: 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 And for researchers looking at the dynamics of a possible resurgence, one question is at the heart of what’s happening here and beyond: Will Georgia be America’s Sweden? Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, "As Georgia reopens, is it creating a model for America?," 26 May 2020 While the chapter one reading has already occurred, fans can recreate key scenes from Chapter 2 and beyond for a chance to have their work featured in next week's reading video. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Daniel Radcliffe, David Beckham, Dakota Fanning, and More Celebs Will Read 'Harry Potter' to You," 5 May 2020 Citrus fruits give a lot of physical indicators of ripeness beyond smell, as well. Paul Stephen,, "Cooking with Paul: How to tell when produce is ripe when your mask denies you of sense of smell amid the coronavirus," 25 Apr. 2020 The study, published Tuesday in Lancet Psychiatry and conducted at University College London, has shown that teenagers who were sedentary between the ages of 12 to 16 had a higher chance of developing depressive symptoms at age 18 and beyond. Dr. Yalda Safai, ABC News, "Lack of activity in kids may predict depression in adulthood: Study," 12 Feb. 2020 Across Los Angeles and beyond, sheltered-in-place people are finding ways to cope and connect with others amid the coronavirus pandemic. , , and poetry are all part of the mix. Los Angeles Times, "Amid a puzzling pandemic, they started posting riddles outside. Here’s what came next," 30 Apr. 2020 But the general benefits of such pastimes go beyond, well, passing the time. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Stuck at home, families find a new way to bond: creating TikTok videos," 19 Apr. 2020 The move is a trend in Oakland and beyond, as restaurant owners have quickly pivoted to a different method of survival, while serving a spiking demand for meals in the community. Peter Hartlaub,, "Bay Area restaurants pivot to feed the homeless during coronavirus pandemic," 7 Apr. 2020 The question is whether that future starts in 2020 or is 2021 and beyond. oregonlive, "Oregon Ducks have unproven depth at tight end entering spring," 3 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition But Trump has faced criticism that he’s gone beyond what past presidents have done in blurring the lines between official and political events. Fox News, "Trump hits the swing states, even with campaign battle in coronavirus limbo," 21 May 2020 The fears go beyond simply a higher risk of catching the virus. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "Atlantic beach towns brace for summer vacationers — but know it won't be the same," 19 May 2020 Perhaps bring a homemade meal or order a meal to be delivered to a friend or neighbor who is reluctant or unable to go beyond the front door. Jane E. Brody, New York Times, "How to Maintain Motivation in a Pandemic," 18 May 2020 Some fitness centers are going beyond the governor’s requirements this week, closing for a midday cleaning or requiring members to wear face coverings. Scott Huddleston,, "San Antonio gyms back in business with coronavirus precautions in place," 18 May 2020 Ads targeted black neighborhoods And the concern goes beyond young people. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Campaign draws attention to impact of menthol on vaping, African American community," 15 May 2020 In the book, Mullen goes beyond your standard idea of what a cheese plate can be with innovative themed recipes like That Deconstructed Pizza Plate and That Queso and Guac Plate. Olivia Harrison,, "Want To Achieve That Viral Instagram Cheeseboard Look? This Book Will Show You How," 14 May 2020 Runner-up: Layne Staley Layne Staley’s tenor voice went beyond grunge music, making Alice In Chains one of the most formidable bands in hard rock. cleveland, "World’s greatest singer, every year since 1980," 14 May 2020 The incident goes beyond just what is depicted in the video, Cohn said. al, "Jewish Federation concerned about video of Mountain Brook children drawing swastika," 13 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Disney World announced the opening dates Tuesday night for other projects coming next year and beyond, as dozens of news media gathered in town for the debut of the Rise of the Resistance ride. Gabrielle Russon,, "Mickey Mouse’s first ride at Disney World has an opening date," 3 Dec. 2019 Perhaps Rake isn’t physically there but is a kind of spectral presence, guarding Ovi from the beyond. Josh Rottenberg, Los Angeles Times, "‘Extraction’ ending explained: Will there be a sequel to the Netflix action movie?," 24 Apr. 2020 The league hopes to continue in the fall and beyond. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "New youth select softball league plans to start as soon as fields are available — possibly in early June," 5 May 2020 With the prospect of COVID-19 persisting into the fall and beyond, and more elections on the calendar ahead of the presidential ballot in November — which could produce triple the number of votes by mail — eyes will remain fixed on Wisconsin. Daphne Chen, Catharina Felke, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'They should have done something': Broad failures fueled Wisconsin's absentee ballot crisis, investigation shows," 21 Apr. 2020 Ward said that, in Patterson’s case, permission was obtained from the agent attempting to sell the house to use the private property to view the public property beyond. cleveland, "Using sharpshooters and bow hunter, Lyndhurst has culled 37 deer this season," 4 Feb. 2020 Though Mobley made these recordings between the ages of thirty-two and forty, many of them nonetheless inhabit the rarefied realm of late work—art that feels as if its creator already has a foot in the beyond. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Haunted Jazz of Hank Mobley," 25 Mar. 2020 Welcome back to The Hollywood Reporter's weekly Comics Watch, a dive into how the latest books from Marvel, DC and beyond could provide fodder for the big (and small) screen. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "Comics Watch: How New 'Batman' Villain Will Change the Game," 5 Mar. 2020 Looming in the March 3 Super Tuesday states and beyond is former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, buoyed by campaign... Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "Moderate Democrats Stress Over Crowded Center Lane," 13 Feb. 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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5 Jun 2020

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“Beyond.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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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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