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[bee-ond, bih-yond]
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  1. on, at, or to the farther side of: Beyond those trees you'll find his house.
  2. farther on than; more distant than: beyond the horizon; beyond the sea.
  3. outside the understanding, limits, or reach of; past: beyond comprehension; beyond endurance; beyond help.
  4. superior to; surpassing; above: wise beyond all others.
  5. more than; in excess of; over and above: to stay beyond one's welcome.
  1. farther on or away: as far as the house and beyond.
  1. the beyond,
    1. that which is at a great distance.
    2. Also the great beyond.the afterlife; life after death.

Origin of beyond

before 1000; Middle English beyonden, Old English begeondan. See be-, yond (adv.)
Related formsbe·yond·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for beyond

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  • Beyond it, I saw you standing with outstretched arms, as if you sought to come to me, but could not.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • No person, no home, no community can be beyond the reach of this call.

  • Why, man, if we've been beyond the law up to this time, we can laugh at the law now.

  • Beyond the controlling power of money we have no vision, and we see no laws.

  • The physical facts couldn't be denied, and beyond the physical facts I could discern nothing.

British Dictionary definitions for beyond


  1. at or to a point on the other side of; at or to the further side ofbeyond those hills there is a river
  2. outside the limits or scope ofbeyond this country's jurisdiction
  1. at or to the other or far side of something
  2. outside the limits of something
  1. the beyond the unknown; the world outside the range of human perception, esp life after death in certain religious beliefs

Word Origin

Old English begeondan; see by, yonder
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Word Origin and History for beyond


Old English begeondan "beyond, from the farther side," from be- "by," here probably indicating position, + geond "yonder" (prep.); see yond. A compound not found elsewhere in Germanic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with beyond


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