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

Dew Drops is no stranger to celebrities' faces—stars from Selena Gomez, to Cardi B, to Gisele and Janelle Monae have worn the original highlighter and the Fantasy version on the red carpet and beyond. Emily Wang, Glamour, "Beyoncé Wears This Highlighter, and No Higher Endorsement Exists," 7 Aug. 2018 Because rate increases this month and in December are so highly anticipated, the market’s reaction could hinge on any clues officials provide about what comes in 2019 and beyond. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "The Tricky Part of the Fed’s Next Rate Increases," 13 Sep. 2018 But this year, most of the front-seven players in Carolina are under contract through 2020 or beyond, while every defensive back—save for slot specialist Captain Munnerlyn—is due to hit free agency before then. Andy Benoit,, "2018 NFL Draft Grades: Analysis of All 32 Teams," 28 Apr. 2018 Clients including major employers, which make decisions about their health and pharmacy benefits many months in advance, will already be expecting to hear about the company’s offerings for 2019, 2020 and beyond. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "CVS Urges Judge Not to Halt Integration of Aetna," 18 Dec. 2018 But perhaps the Mariners have now better positioned themselves for a playoff run in 2020 and beyond. Seattle Times Sports Staff, The Seattle Times, "Now a Yankee, James Paxton says a heartfelt thank you to Mariners fans," 20 Nov. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Even beyond that, the method that the scientists are using also has some unknowns. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Are Testing a Way to Exterminate Mosquitoes for Good," 20 Feb. 2019 Love, Simon, released last year, set a wonderful standard, but beyond that, there’s not much fare. Lily Burana, Marie Claire, "Where Are Our Queer Rom-Coms?," 15 Feb. 2019 Not sharing the whole truth can cause anxiety among those who don’t have such resources; beyond that, misplaced expectations about success and achievement can lead to disappointment and even depression. Jen Doll, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Does It Feel Like Everyone Has More Money Than You?," 12 Feb. 2019 Naomi Campbell’s presence is always felt during Fashion Week in New York, Europe, and beyond. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "After 14 Years, Naomi Campbell Made an Epic Return at Valentino’s Couture Runway," 23 Jan. 2019 Google, for its part, has poked at this idea as well, specifically to enable the sale of devices that would otherwise be beyond the pale. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Tech Companies Shouldn't Make Us Trust Them, At All," 11 Jan. 2019 The Duchess shares our passion for the transformational power of higher education, and Her Royal Highness' support will help champion higher education as a force for good in the Commonwealth and beyond. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Officially Announces Her First Royal Patronages," 10 Jan. 2019 Many health experts — in Belgium and beyond — dispute whether mental health illnesses should be considered a valid justification for euthanasia. Maria Cheng, The Seattle Times, "Europe’s top rights court to hear Belgian euthanasia case," 8 Jan. 2019 So prep your bank account, slip into your coziest sweats, and check out these online jobs for teens – in the fashion industry and beyond. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "6 Online Jobs for Teens That Pay Major $$$," 29 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Teams like Oklahoma City and New Orleans must have strong showings as a way to appeal to stars this summer and beyond. Michael Singer, USA TODAY, "Western Conference story lines entering NBA playoffs: Are Rockets favored over Warriors?," 13 Apr. 2018 The central bank’s path for 2019 and beyond is less clear. Jessica Menton, WSJ, "In the Markets: The Fed Decision by Asset Class," 26 Sep. 2018 According to Doyle, there are two main steps to figure out if a communication from beyond is a language. Brian Resnick, Vox, "What humpback whales can teach us about alien languages," 6 Dec. 2018 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

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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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