beneath

[ bih-neeth, -neeth ]
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adverb
  1. below; in or to a lower place, position, state, or the like.

  2. underneath: heaven above and the earth beneath.

preposition
  1. below; under: beneath the same roof.

  2. farther down than; underneath; lower in place than: The first drawer beneath the top one.

  1. lower down on a slope than: beneath the crest of a hill.

  2. inferior or less important, as in position, rank, or power: A captain is beneath a major.

  3. unworthy of; below the level or dignity of: to regard others as beneath one; behavior that was beneath contempt.

Origin of beneath

1
before 900; Middle English benethe,Old English beneothan, equivalent to be-be- + neothan below, akin to Old High German nidana.See nether

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3. See below.

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British Dictionary definitions for beneath

beneath

/ (bɪˈniːθ) /


preposition
  1. below, esp if covered, protected, or obscured by

  2. not as great or good as would be demanded by: beneath his dignity

adverb
  1. below; underneath

Origin of beneath

1
Old English beneothan, from be- + neothan low; see nether

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