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

In Wisconsin, Department of Natural Resources officials held meetings in early September and offered two proposals for adjusting the agency's stocking strategy for 2020 and beyond. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The DNR has proposed increases in chinook stocking, and there's still time to weigh in," 14 Sep. 2019 And more filings could be on the horizon with many struggling companies facing maturing debt payments in 2020 and beyond. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Alta Mesa files for bankruptcy under former Anadarko chief," 12 Sep. 2019 The team announced Saturday at Mid-Ohio that the young California superstar has reached a multi-year agreement to remain with Andretti through 2020 and beyond. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Andretti Autosport retaining Alexander Rossi, Honda," 23 July 2019 Sending astronauts to Mars and beyond is dangerous. Vahe Peroomian, The Conversation, "Young Americans deserve a 21st-century Moonshot to Mars," 15 July 2019 After that pair comes a run of quarterbacks set to make noise in 2019 and beyond. 1. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "The 10 best college football quarterbacks for the 2019 season," 12 May 2019 This week, the University went above and beyond and offered the boy — who still hasn't been identified for privacy reasons — a four-year-scholarship and entry into the class of 2032, grades and admission permitting. Aj Willingham, CNN, "A sweet social media moment revealed, a wrong text gone right and...a telephone pole?," 13 Sep. 2019 All are taking things one step beyond, as the need for the experiential and unique becomes evident. Daisy Finer, Condé Nast Traveler, "Biomarkers, Sweat Lodges, and Shamans: Today's Wellness Retreats Go Far Beyond a Detox," 26 Aug. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Of course, the change goes beyond visions and schemes. Ross Dellenger,, "'Out of the Dark Ages': How LSU's Lethal New Spread Attack Was Built," 17 Sep. 2019 There has been progress beyond Severino’s return: The standout relief pitcher Dellin Betances, out since spring training with injuries similar to Severino’s, made his season debut on Sunday. James Wagner, New York Times, "Luis Severino Returns, but the Yankees’ Slew of Injuries Remains a Mystery," 17 Sep. 2019 Reich said that's the case for Week 3 against the Atlanta Falcons and beyond. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Colts coach Reich: Vinatieri is our kicker," 16 Sep. 2019 Today, Araquette has expanded beyond residential interior design to include small commercial design, home and event staging, and custom artwork. Lyndi Mcnulty,, "An Eye for Art: Michele Araquette turned from finance to fine art, created interior design businesses," 16 Sep. 2019 What’s the timetable for actual construction beyond utilities and foundation? Evan Dudley, al, "UAB Athletic Director Mark Ingram talks komodo dragons, new stadium and more," 16 Sep. 2019 But, discussion around these cosmetics procedures has gone beyond frankly mysogynist tabloid speculation. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "Your Ultimate Guide to Face Fillers," 16 Sep. 2019 And his death, on September 6th at the age of 95, ensured that Mugabe caused trouble for Mr Mnangagwa from beyond the grave. The Economist, "A sad, tawdry end for Robert Mugabe," 15 Sep. 2019 Production, recycling, and disposal costs to the environment are difficult to quantify and largely beyond the control of most consumers. National Geographic, "The environmental impacts of cars, explained," 15 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Yes, this is the same woman who hinted that the late Linda Reagan (Amy Carlson) was trying to contact Danny from the beyond. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Released the First Sneak Peek Photos From Season 10 and They're Intense," 11 Sep. 2019 The high prices, along with forecasts of even hotter weather next week likely to reach into the triple digits, are boosting prices for power contracts later this summer and beyond. L.m. Sixel, Houston Chronicle, "NRG CEO Gutierrez says ERCOT overstates generation capacity," 8 Aug. 2019 For this Summer Friday, the singer-songwriter extraordinaire strayed a bit away from the pop songs she’s become known for, instead offering an afrobeats-heavy playlist, created to carry us through the holiday weekend and beyond. Sammie Scott, Teen Vogue, "Victoria Monét Shares Her Party-Ready Summer Fridays Playlist," 5 July 2019 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

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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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