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beside

[ bih-sahyd ]
/ bɪˈsaɪd /
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preposition
by or at the side of; near: Sit down beside me.
compared with: Beside him other writers seem amateurish.
apart from; not connected with: beside the point; beside the question.
adverb
along the side of something: The family rode in the carriage, and the dog ran along beside.
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Idioms about beside

    beside oneself, almost out of one's senses from a strong emotion, as from joy, delight, anger, fear, or grief: He was beside himself with rage when the train left without him.

Origin of beside

before 1000; Middle English; earlier bi-siden,Old English bī sīdan, be sīdan;see be-, side1

words often confused with beside

For the prepositional meanings “over and above, in addition to” and “except” besides is preferred, especially in edited writing: Besides these honors he received a sum of money. We heard no other sound besides the breaking surf. However, beside sometimes occurs with these meanings as well.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH beside

beside , besides (see usage note at the current entry)
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British Dictionary definitions for beside

beside
/ (bɪˈsaɪd) /

preposition
next to; at, by, or to the side of
as compared with
away from; wide ofbeside the point
archaic besides
beside oneself (postpositive often foll by with) overwhelmed; overwroughtbeside oneself with grief
adverb
at, by, to, or along the side of something or someone

Word Origin for beside

Old English be sīdan; see by, side
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