[ bee-ond, bih-yond ]
/ biˈɒnd, bɪˈyɒnd /


on, at, or to the farther side of: Beyond those trees you'll find his house.
farther on than; more distant than: beyond the horizon; beyond the sea.
outside the understanding, limits, or reach of; past: beyond comprehension; beyond endurance; beyond help.
superior to; surpassing; above: wise beyond all others.
more than; in excess of; over and above: to stay beyond one's welcome.


farther on or away: as far as the house and beyond.


    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 forms

be·yond·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for beyond


/ (bɪˈjɒnd) /


at or to a point on the other side of; at or to the further side ofbeyond those hills there is a river
outside the limits or scope ofbeyond this country's jurisdiction


at or to the other or far side of something
outside the limits of something


the beyond the unknown; the world outside the range of human perception, esp life after death in certain religious beliefs

Word Origin for beyond

Old English begeondan; see by, yonder
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Idioms and Phrases with beyond


In addition to the idioms beginning with beyond

  • beyond a doubt
  • beyond the shadow of a doubt
  • beyond comparison
  • beyond measure
  • beyond one's depth
  • beyond one's means
  • beyond question
  • beyond reach
  • beyond recall
  • beyond reproach
  • beyond the call of duty
  • beyond the pale

also see:

  • above and beyond
  • back of beyond
  • can't see beyond the end of one's nose
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