Definition of beyond in English:


adverb & preposition

  • 1At or to the further side of.

    [as preposition] ‘he pointed to a spot beyond the concealing trees’
    [as adverb] ‘from south of Dortmund as far as Essen and beyond’
    on the far side of, on the farther side of, on the other side of, further on than, behind, past, after
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    1. 1.1[preposition]Outside the physical limits or range of.
      ‘the hook which held the chandelier was beyond her reach’
    2. 1.2More extensive or extreme than; further-reaching than.
      [as preposition] ‘what these children go through is far beyond what most adults endure in a lifetime’
      ‘the authority of the inspectors goes beyond ordinary police powers’
      [as adverb] ‘pushing the laws to their limits and beyond’
  • 2Happening or continuing after (a specified time, stage, or event)

    [as preposition] ‘training beyond the age of 14’
    [as adverb] ‘music going on into the night and beyond’
    later than, past, after
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  • 3Having progressed or achieved more than (a specified stage or level)

    [as preposition] ‘we need to get beyond square one’
    ‘his failure to rise beyond the rank of Undersecretary’
    1. 3.1Above or greater than (a specified amount)
      [as preposition] ‘raising its stake beyond 15%’
      [as adverb] ‘he could count up to a hundred thousand million now, and beyond’
  • 4[preposition] To or in a degree or condition where a specified action is impossible.

    ‘the landscape has changed beyond recognition’
    ‘their integrity is beyond question’
    outside the range of, beyond the capacity of, beyond the power of, outside the limitations of, surpassing
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    1. 4.1Too much for (someone) to achieve or understand.
      ‘the questions were well beyond the average adult’
  • 5[preposition], [with negative] Apart from; except.

    ‘beyond telling us that she was well educated, he has nothing to say about her’
    ‘there was little vegetation beyond brush-growth’
    apart from, except, other than
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  • The unknown, especially in references to life after death.

    ‘messages from the beyond’
    • ‘And over the years, he has literally stepped over life's edge to explore the world of the beyond.’
    • ‘In their place you will find creepy white suits and the cold emptiness of the beyond.’
    • ‘One could almost hear Wallis cheering him on from her place in the beyond.’
    • ‘The Aeneid provides Dante with the wonder of a bleeding stalk and a voice from the beyond.’
    • ‘Barry's death shortly after Kelly's execution appeared an eerie fulfilment of the outlaw's promise to meet him in the beyond.’
    • ‘The highborn captive was sitting against the far wall, drifting, eyes watching the beyond.’
    • ‘The cellar of an old hotel is built on top of the door to the beyond.’
    • ‘Only when mind awakens to the fact that reality is its own creation can it give up this reaching after the beyond.’
    • ‘Below her, down grand, stone steps, soldiers were carefully leading their horses out of the hall and into the beyond.’
    • ‘If it weren't for guilt, all of us would be facing far worse punishments when we reach the beyond.’


Old English begeondan, from be ‘by’ + geondan of Germanic origin (related to yon and yonder).