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

Birmingham’s annual celebration of films local and beyond kicked off in style Monday night, opening the brand new Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema for the Alabama Film Spotlight Night for Alabama Shorts. Ben Flanagan |, al, "Sidewalk 2019: Look for these works from Alabama artists at the film festival," 22 Aug. 2019 As people get older, these things become more important because cancer tends to occur in middle age or beyond. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Aretha Franklin's Detroit-based doctor talks about the cancer that took her life," 16 Aug. 2019 Mayfair International initially served just U.K. firms but has expanded its reach to real estate companies in Europe, Canada, the Caribbean, South Africa and beyond. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Dallas' Ebby Halliday Realtors extends its reach with London realty company alliance," 7 Aug. 2019 The only question: Is this an eight-win team or a team capable of going beyond merely a Big Ten West championship and knocking on the door of the New Year's Six? Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Six teams snubbed from the preseason Amway Coaches Poll," 1 Aug. 2019 The project now travels around San Diego, and hopefully beyond, as a community platform for sharing and documenting histories through stories, poetry, art and culture. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Someone San Diego Should Know: Alberto Pulido," 29 July 2019 After only four years of operation, Sloss Fest shuttered its doors with no plans of returning in 2019 and beyond. Jeremy Burgess,, "Sloss Tech moves into its 4th year without Sloss Fest," 25 July 2019 Between now and July 31, the Giants need to make a wrenching decision on whether to trade franchise icon Madison Bumgarner and a host of desirable relievers to build for 2020 and beyond. Henry Schulman,, "Giants open second half with pressing trade questions and a sliver of hope," 11 July 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Over the past few years, the beauty brand's been working to expand its roster of spokeswomen beyond the typical starlets in their twenties. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "Viola Davis Is the New Face of L'Oréal Paris," 10 Sep. 2019 But, according to data shared with The Chronicle, empty beds have been pervasive around the city beyond those at the public hospital. Jen Thomas,, "Bay Briefing: Inside the Ghost Ship trial verdict," 6 Sep. 2019 Though the Rebels will look to continue to dominate in the Prep League and potentially beyond, both squads are ready to make their move having outlined their goals. Glendale News-Press, "Cross-Country Preview: Abundance of talent for area runners, teams," 6 Sep. 2019 Why should this matter to anyone beyond the administrators and alumni of the HBCUs themselves? Jemele Hill, The Atlantic, "It’s Time for Black Athletes to Leave White Colleges," 5 Sep. 2019 What does #MeToo mean beyond calling out offenders? Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "A year on, #MeToo has lost momentum in India but we must keep the conversation going," 4 Sep. 2019 But one of this year’s budget priorities, on energy and the environment, goes far beyond previous memos that focused on fostering energy independence. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "New memo offers first glimpse of how Trump’s science adviser would like to shape spending priorities," 4 Sep. 2019 But there are plenty of question marks beyond that. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions defense: Time to see if offseason moves on defense pay off," 3 Sep. 2019 But startups must think beyond just gender and race when considering a diverse slate of directors. Sarika Garg, Quartz at Work, "WeWork’s all-male board is not its biggest board diversity problem," 3 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Timothée Chalamet The actor hit the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival in support of his upcoming film The King wearing a beyond chic dove gray Haider Ackermann belted suit. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Timothée Chalamet's Tuxedo and Lizzo's Denim Bustier Made My Weekend," 3 Sep. 2019 Access to the floating dock beyond is through the living room. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "House tour: It’s always summer on this Sausalito houseboat," 31 Aug. 2019 Maybe a sci-fi twist that somehow brings him back from the beyond? Los Angeles Times, "‘Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw’s’ Jason Statham addresses justice for Han," 5 Aug. 2019 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

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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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