be·​low | \ bi-ˈlō How to pronounce below (audio) \

Definition of below

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : in or to a lower place gazed at the water below voices from the apartment below
2a : on earth improvements in conditions here belowTimes Literary Supplement
b : in or to Hades or hell
3 : on or to a lower floor or deck ordered the crew below
4a : in, to, at, or by a lower rank or number suitable for children age 10 and below
b : below zero the temperature was 20 below
5 : lower on the same page or on a following page See the graph below.
6 : under the surface of the water thirty fathoms below



Definition of below (Entry 2 of 4)

1a : lower in place, rank, or value than : under Our apartment is below theirs. Her skirt reached below her knees. The sun dipped below the horizon.
b : down river from moored a mile below town
c : south of located 20 miles below the nation's capital
2 : inferior to (as in rank) A lieutenant is below a captain.
3 : not suitable to the rank of : beneath considers such work below him



Definition of below (Entry 3 of 4)

: something that is below



Definition of below (Entry 4 of 4)

: written or discussed lower on the same page or on a following page the below list

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Synonyms & Antonyms for below

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Preposition

Antonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Preposition

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Examples of below in a Sentence

Adverb The pencil rolled off the desk and fell to the floor below. The pilot looked down at the sea far below. We heard the elevator stop at the floor below. They secured the goods on deck and went below. All personnel, captain and below, were ordered to report for duty. Preposition Our apartment is below theirs. We could see only clouds below us. The diver descended below 25 meters. The sun disappeared below the horizon. a spot directly below us the valley far below us Temperatures were below average all week. She worked for wage rates below those of other workers. He ranks far below his superior.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Within minutes, authorities said, the vehicle flipped over the guardrail into the creek below. Carol Robinson |, al, 7 Oct. 2021 Some of the scenes have sparked global interest in the traditional folk games on the show, and experts share some background below. NBC News, 7 Oct. 2021 Scroll below to see the funny tweets from the Twitter trolls. Priscilla Aguirre, Chron, 7 Oct. 2021 From Oslo, the train will make its way to the Flåm Railway, Europe's steepest railway line, allowing passengers to descend nearly 3,000 feet into a fjord below. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 7 Oct. 2021 Pick your new wardrobe hero from Teisbaek's collection below, or shop the entire collaboration at Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 Oct. 2021 Yellowstone officials caution visitors that the ground in hydrothermal areas is fragile and thin, with scorching water just below. Aya Elamroussi, CNN, 6 Oct. 2021 Sharpshooting of deer is done from an elevated location so that bullets that do not hit their target strike the earth below and are made less dangerous. cleveland, 6 Oct. 2021 Finally, Haugen’s testimony is available on YouTube, as seen below. Chris Smith, BGR, 6 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Manchin and other moderate Democrats have also floated limiting the new Medicare benefits to those below a certain income threshold -- which would be the first time coverage in the program would be tied to income. Tami Luhby, CNN, 6 Oct. 2021 These facilities offer low-fee, sliding scale, or even completely free care to people below a certain income threshold. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 5 Oct. 2021 The team defined the start of summer when temperatures were in the hottest 25% during the study period, and summer ended when the temperature fell below that threshold. Kasha Patel, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Sep. 2021 Farther out, in 2025, the bureau’s projections forecast up to a 66% chance that declining water levels downstream in Lake Mead could drop below the threshold that mandate major new restrictions on southwestern states’ water usage. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 23 Sep. 2021 With a multibillion-dollar tax-free account on the line, a wealthy investor might try to keep his income below the $400,000 threshold set by the proposal. Justin Elliott, ProPublica, 21 Sep. 2021 In a study released Wednesday, the FTC said Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon together made 616 acquisitions from 2010 to 2019 that fell below that reporting threshold but were worth at least $1 million. Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2021 Elsewhere in the Dallas Arts District, most groups gave similar reports — even ones whose staff fall below the threshold for the mandate. Dan Singer, Dallas News, 16 Sep. 2021 Now the Heat do not have room for even that below the luxury-tax threshold. Ira Winderman,, 16 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun All of the below is correct as of press time but subject to change by Riot Fest. Britt Julious,, 15 Sep. 2021 All of the below is correct as of press time but subject to change by Lollapalooza. Doug George,, 27 July 2021 Each of the below is a deep dive look at an entrepreneur who reached the top of their field, albeit through different means and motivations. Grant Powell, Forbes, 24 May 2021 There is more on this upcoming storm - and its potential impacts on the Northeast later this weekend into next week - below. Star Tribune, 29 Jan. 2021 Up there, the faint noises of traffic below were not too loud, but not too quiet either. Matt Jancer, Wired, 27 May 2020 The two-minute clip below is enough to prove that the singer/actress is as talented as ever. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 6 Apr. 2020 People had so many thoughts, and the below are just a few. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, 2 Mar. 2020 Editor’s Note: The below is a version of a piece that appears in the current issue of National Review. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 17 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The below play offers another great example of how to break down his defense. Nick Kehoe, Dallas News, 16 Sep. 2021 On a recent Saturday afternoon, Rich Robinson checked in from his tour bus for the below phone interview. Matt Wake |, al, 30 Aug. 2021 Officers responded to a residence at the Coppertree apartments Feb. 27 after a woman reported hearing a disturbance from a below apartment. cleveland, 9 Mar. 2021 In the below excerpt, Kelly is in fifth grade and her parents are divorced. Sam Gillette,, 8 Sep. 2021 Take a look at the below list for inspiration about how to build your own collection of wardrobe essentials. Rachel Besse, Vogue, 5 Aug. 2021 As shown in the below illustration from the Oregon Climate Assessment, this is only the beginning of the heating which is expected if humanity continues burning fossil fuels. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, 28 June 2021 The suspect was reportedly driving a silver vehicle, which is shown in the below video. Teri Webster, Dallas News, 22 June 2021 With impressive ratings and customer testimonials, the below products are some of the best solutions to hair loss, according to Amazon shoppers. Rebecca Deczynski,, 21 June 2021

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First Known Use of below


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1828, in the meaning defined above


1870, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for below


Middle English bilooghe, from bi by + looghe low, adjective


derivative of below entry 1


noun derivative of below entry 1


adjective derivative of below entry 1

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“Below.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of below

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in or to a lower place
: on or to a lower deck on a ship or boat
: in or to a lower rank or number



English Language Learners Definition of below (Entry 2 of 2)

: in or to a lower place than (something) : beneath
: lower in number, amount, or size than (something) : less than (something)
: less important or powerful than (someone) : having a lower rank than (someone)


be·​low | \ bə-ˈlō How to pronounce below (audio) \

Kids Definition of below

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : in or to a lower place The pencil rolled off the desk and fell on the floor below.
2 : below zero The temperature was ten below.



Kids Definition of below (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : in or to a lower place than : beneath The sun sank below the horizon. Vines grew below the window.
2 : at the bottom of : directly underneath a caption below the picture
3 : lower in number, size, or amount temperatures below average



Legal Definition of below

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : in a lower court the presumption that the decisions below…are correct— W. J. Brennan, Jr.
2 : lower on the same page or on a following page the paragraph below



Legal Definition of below (Entry 2 of 2)

: lower in place, rank, or value than
below the line
: in calculations that yield taxable income deductions taken below the line

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