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’
    • ‘In several large cities pensioners have free passes which give them unlimited travel within and beyond the city boundary.’
    • ‘I rolled my eyes at this, looking out my window at the trees surrounding us beyond the dirt road we travelled on.’
    • ‘A hundred yards or so from the door of my room, just beyond a side gate of the university, was a market overflowing with fresh and seasonal produce.’
    • ‘He stared off into the distant trees beyond the backyard fence, watching them sway with the slight breeze.’
    • ‘I understand the wedding is in June and the honeymoon destination is London and beyond.’
    • ‘The publication offers travel ideas, advice and inspiration for destinations in Britain, Europe and beyond.’
    • ‘The sun was going low beyond the trees but there was still plenty of light.’
    • ‘Not far away, beyond a few trees, a thin line of smoke was climbing up high.’
    • ‘They emerged onto a street that was bounded on one side by a narrow strip of parkland and beyond that the River Ana.’
    • ‘West End Beach was a popular holiday destination for thousands throughout the district and beyond.’
    • ‘Behind the cabin was a large empty yard and beyond that trees and steep hillsides topped with pink cliffs and crags.’
    • ‘I turned to glance over the roof to the ground beyond the other side of the house.’
    • ‘The main line from Toronto, and beyond these new terminals, is double tracked.’
    • ‘All they could see beyond the trees was a vast body of dark water that stretched out across the horizon and seemed to go on forever.’
    • ‘There was a low, long building on the far side of the lot and beyond it a high stone wall.’
    • ‘Blue Tree is finding jobs for people from across Yorkshire and beyond.’
    • ‘How often I watched the birds in our courtyard leaving the trees and flying beyond the walls of our house with no fear.’
    • ‘This is the former goods yard on the south-west side of the railway beyond Hellifield station.’
    • ‘Beyond that is a stand of trees, and beyond that, the village and its tiny bay.’
    • ‘Delays at Adare are causing problems for people travelling to Limerick and beyond.’
    on the far side of, on the farther side of, on the other side of, further on than, behind, past, after
    further on, far off, far away, in the distance, afar
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    1. 1.1preposition Outside the physical limits or range of.
      ‘the hook which held the chandelier was beyond her reach’
      • ‘You never know how much you rely on your friends until they are beyond your reach.’
      • ‘Normally, I would just stand by it and listen until it was beyond sight or hearing.’
      • ‘She. turns her head away from the light and the sight it bears as if subject to grief beyond the limits of depiction.’
      • ‘While we disagree with some of her opinions, none seems beyond the range of reasonable argument.’
      • ‘As a law minister he can not be expected to overstep his jurisdiction and transgress his limits beyond his domain.’
      • ‘Fields stretched far beyond sight, hills in the distance, and the sun giving everything a peaceful orange glow.’
      • ‘You cannot enter into the world of the spirit unless you go beyond your physical limits.’
      • ‘Extended range diving involves making dives beyond the limits of a single cylinder and no decompression time limits.’
      • ‘While recognising the downside of such ventures, I am glad that the company had the courage to tackle something beyond its normal range.’
      • ‘He was supposed to be keeping guard over his companions, resting in a clearing just beyond sight, but he couldn't concentrate.’
      • ‘Also, when we know that our land and water resources are stretched beyond limits due to our burgeoning population.’
      • ‘There was one handhold but it was a few inches beyond my reach.’
      • ‘God is infinite, and trying to prove whether God is or isn't, or what or who God is, lies beyond the limits of science and reason.’
      • ‘The pearl-handled revolver lay just beyond his reach.’
      • ‘The room was dark as she entered, but something shifted just beyond her range of sight and she froze where she stood.’
      • ‘She is one of those special people who can see beyond the physical, taking the halt and the lame into her heart.’
      • ‘The acting also showed that the cast has range beyond their usual witty quips and fight scenes.’
      • ‘Of those whose homes are beyond the delivery range, 90 per cent choose to pay through the mail.’
      • ‘Nothing human takes place outside the realm or beyond the reach of moral reason.’
    2. 1.2 More 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’
      • ‘We have strange chemical powers far beyond those of mortal men.’
      • ‘It's about a bunch of extremists pushing their agenda far beyond what the public is ready to accept.’
      • ‘Certainly it's a story of heroism and courage and ordinary Australians going far beyond the call of duty.’
      • ‘His hypnotic powers were far beyond the scope of anything I had encountered previously.’
      • ‘We have to ask ourselves, before it is too late, why one man should do such a thing, which is far beyond the extremism of the present government?’
      • ‘But the president's problems extend far beyond the usual extremists.’
      • ‘But further, the police themselves go far beyond the definitions in the Act.’
      • ‘I have access to power far beyond what Descartes could imagine and I don't use it.’
      • ‘But the significance and implications of the police violence go far beyond the state election.’
      • ‘And it was true that the exhausting task we had set ourselves was in some ways far beyond what ordinary rickshaw drivers ever attempted.’
  • 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’
    • ‘Three more are likely to continue to trading beyond March.’
    • ‘He then calculated what his monthly contributions would be at his planned retirement age and beyond.’
    • ‘At school he became close friends with Christopher - a friendship which continued at university and beyond.’
    • ‘What he did outside, beyond working hours mostly, was not her business.’
    • ‘By the same token, people should be allowed to continue working beyond 65 if they so choose.’
    • ‘As some of us are getting to retirement age and beyond, we are just starting to get good.’
    • ‘Now a full-time yoga teacher, she intends to continue practising yoga right through her pregnancy - and beyond.’
    • ‘The survey found that many parents go on providing help with money matters for their offspring into their middle age and beyond.’
    • ‘Screening continued beyond midnight - projected on a wall painted white the previous night.’
    • ‘It is important to remember that ice packs must not be continued beyond the first few days as they may not help.’
    • ‘It was diagnosed before he was delivered and the couple were told he would have a 75 per cent chance of reaching school age and beyond.’
    • ‘If it continues beyond our allowed 48 minutes then I could get annoyed.’
    • ‘He earmarks some of them for speeches to be used in training camp and beyond.’
    • ‘There is no obligation to continue working beyond the established retirement benefit age.’
    • ‘It will be full steam ahead with an exciting new programme of events and outings lined up for the Autumn and beyond.’
    • ‘Through his teens and beyond he was an athlete and travelled the world competing and training on the circuit.’
    • ‘I hope your coverage of what's going on in the rest of the reading and writing world will continue beyond the next two weeks or so.’
    • ‘I struggle to see how it will continue to exist beyond the end of 2005.’
    • ‘He says any judgment on who should be allowed to continue working beyond 65 should be based on ability, not age.’
    • ‘But many, at their peril, continue beyond that time, unable to accept it's passing.’
    • ‘As us female baby-boomers trail into middle age and beyond, there will be a lot more discussion about menopause.’
    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’
    • ‘If they achieve beyond the level of other kids, the other kids dislike them.’
    • ‘Progress beyond the league stage is really in their own hands and they would probably get away with a draw.’
    • ‘Today she is developmentally not far ahead of a nine-month old child and is not expected to progress beyond the level of a two-year-old.’
    • ‘The team failed to progress beyond the group stage.’
    • ‘Once the sufferer has progressed beyond its early stages, it is no longer treatable.’
    • ‘Just as modern society itself was still in its early stages, so modern social science had not yet progressed beyond the very first stages.’
    • ‘All have specialised educations or training beyond the secondary school level and work together as a team.’
    • ‘But, I feel that in mainstream media, beyond a certain level, you stop learning.’
    • ‘If she can hold it together and punch things up an notch, she has an outside shot at advancing beyond the semifinals.’
    • ‘I have female friends too, in their thirties and forties who haven't progressed beyond the giggly fifth-former stage.’
    • ‘None of their products appears to have progressed much beyond the concept stage.’
    • ‘He is assisted by local health agencies, which again requires him to liaise at a level beyond his rank.’
    • ‘Left to his own devices he never progressed much beyond the literacy level of a ten-year-old.’
    • ‘It states that everyone gets promoted one rank beyond their level of competence.’
    • ‘Until it is we are not supposed to go beyond the point we reached at the time of the truce.’
    • ‘Renowned for his talents of motivation, Allen had cobbled together a team of savvy veterans beyond their physical prime.’
    • ‘Equally important is knowing how to challenge a learner by progressing questions beyond the basic knowledge levels.’
    • ‘I want to see the children progress beyond purely learning to swim.’
    • ‘I can sight-read a medium ballad, but have never had to develop my reading beyond a rudimentary level.’
    • ‘It was some time before mathematics progressed beyond the depth achieved by him.’
    1. 3.1 Above 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’
      • ‘The latest spin is to refer to the incremental cost above and beyond the cost of a new biometric passport.’
      • ‘Every day we hear stories about our crews going above and beyond the call of duty to help patients.’
      • ‘But officers who repeatedly exceed detection targets or perform above and beyond the call of duty could be in line for bonuses.’
      • ‘All of which, of course, is above and beyond the normal tax revenues they collect.’
      • ‘A few of us decided to get together and try and raise money above and beyond what people had already kindly donated.’
      • ‘New research shows how the lives of those with hayfever are affected in ways above and beyond the obvious symptoms of sneezing and itchy eyes.’
      • ‘‘I was amazed by the amount of work they did above and beyond their call of duty,’ said Stuart.’
      • ‘I value intelligence above and beyond anything else a person may have to offer.’
      • ‘They are in a tough fight and performing above and beyond the call every day.’
      • ‘No additional candles above and beyond what can fit into the proper shrine candleholder should be lit’
      • ‘I thank my medical advisors for their work which was above and beyond their requirements.’
      • ‘Colleagues say she regularly goes above and beyond the call of duty in her work.’
      • ‘One of my pals is actually going far above and beyond the call of friendship.’
      • ‘However everyone involved in the project pulled it off above and beyond even the highest of expectations.’
      • ‘This is dedication above and beyond the call of duty.’
      • ‘You are also exhibiting obesity beyond the legal limit.’
      • ‘One primary school is celebrating results that go above and beyond the required standards.’
      • ‘The public's reception of the album went above and beyond what he had ever hoped for.’
      • ‘He went well above and beyond the call of duty at risk to himself to save this country from a horrible injustice.’
      • ‘I want to offer my praise for a disc that goes above and beyond almost every expectation.’
      • ‘He said he intended to find cost cuts above and beyond the £300m in labour savings promised by March.’
      greater than, more than, exceeding, in excess of, above, over and above, above and beyond, upwards of
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  • 4preposition To or in a degree or condition where a specified action is impossible.

    ‘the landscape has changed beyond recognition’
    ‘their integrity is beyond question’
    • ‘The rest of the LP is equally bizarre, wonderful and terrifying, spanning a range of music way beyond any classification.’
    • ‘And a number of them just simply found this notion of beyond reasonable doubt impossible to comprehend.’
    • ‘The man I work for is beyond reproach, beyond question.’
    • ‘They're not gone, although the landscape has changed almost beyond recognition.’
    • ‘As far as the woman could tell she was now standing in a giant forest where the trees were beyond measurement.’
    • ‘Due to circumstances beyond my control I have not been able to visit every base and all the airmen and women I would have liked to.’
    • ‘Local hostelries have improved beyond all recognition, too.’
    • ‘It is just almost beyond understanding why a firm of solicitors would be a party to these proceedings.’
    • ‘Conditions have degenerated beyond the control of even the most efficient and well-prepared farmers.’
    • ‘Bennett's eminence as a dramatist is beyond question.’
    • ‘That may sound unrealistic, but filmmaking in Scotland has changed almost beyond recognition over the past 20 years.’
    • ‘The result though is a rising water table contaminated with salt, and a landscape changed beyond all recognition.’
    • ‘The prime minister's personal financial integrity is beyond question.’
    • ‘That one's physique could be stretched to such a horrendous degree must be way beyond our comprehension.’
    • ‘If the floor is beyond repair, you will need to either cover it or replace it.’
    • ‘Glass shatters and the metal gate, twisted beyond recognition, is thrown against the now shrapnel-pocked wall of the house.’
    • ‘As in most child abuse cases, it is impossible to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.’
    • ‘On the face of it, our lives have improved beyond recognition.’
    • ‘If he ever does return from Westminster he might find the ideological landscape altered beyond recognition.’
    • ‘Most sides would have been beyond recovery, but England were not allowed to dominate the second half.’
    outside the range of, beyond the capacity of, beyond the power of, outside the limitations of, surpassing
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    1. 4.1 Too much for (someone) to achieve or understand.
      ‘the questions were well beyond the average adult’
      • ‘How incineration can seriously be termed ‘recycling’ is beyond me.’
      • ‘Tragically it's beyond them to understand the instinct that will make even a domestic hen attack anyone coming between her and her chicks.’
      • ‘How anyone could know what to do with all of it was beyond most people.’
      • ‘United looked to put the game beyond the home side and Jason De Vos and Steven Thompson both missed good chances.’
      • ‘How frames survive the repeated physical collision is beyond most.’
      • ‘Casting male performers who are not strong vocally into roles that are beyond them technically is doing neither them, nor the production, any favors at all.’
      • ‘Why anybody would want to hurt her was beyond him, though mental sickness instantly popped into his head.’
      • ‘How that can be bad for this country is beyond me to understand.’
      • ‘The internet is cool at the moment: modern, youth oriented, and totally beyond the average bloke on the street.’
      • ‘I have already said that it's the lousiest building I know and how anybody could have designed it is beyond me.’
  • 5preposition, 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’
    • ‘They achieved nothing beyond deepening the passionate hatred of our country in those corners of the globe.’
    • ‘He was too arrogant to notice anything beyond her refusal to talk.’
    • ‘Even now, I can't judge him beyond knowing that my grandfather loved me and wanted all of this for me.’
    • ‘I am not getting involved in a discussion on the possibilities beyond saying that the matter will be discussed at Government in the near future..’
    • ‘Beyond knowing that their numbers are increasing, what do we know about the global women leaders that might help us plan for the 21st century?’
    • ‘I don't know that I can comment about battery life beyond saying that I've never lost power, and I use it extensively.’
    • ‘He didn’t answer my question as to what I should do about this abscess in the meantime beyond telling me I needed to go to an oral surgeon.’
    • ‘There's not much I can do as an individual beyond limiting my use of the car to essential journeys and avoiding energy waste in the home.’
    • ‘Beyond knowing that the boats to race for and defend this cup are to be 20 feet racing length, yachtsmen are ignorant of the dimensions of the boats and the rules that are to govern the races.’
    • ‘Still, this new map represents our first real insight into an extra-solar planet, any extra-solar planet, beyond knowing that it exists.’
    • ‘However, it is not until middle school that students begin to understand why plants need light beyond knowing that they need it to survive.’
    • ‘Fine, you have nothing to contribute to the conversation beyond telling me that my view is wrong.’
    • ‘Once I understand your position, I might argue with it, but at the moment you don’t seem able to articulate it beyond telling me that I am a bad person.’
    • ‘The Pentagon has done nothing beyond routine acknowledgment of the filing of the complaint.’
    • ‘Beyond telling me to find new friends, Shelley was hinting that I was unattractive.’
    • ‘He made no comment beyond indicating that he understood the caution they gave him.’
    • ‘He refused to comment on techniques used, beyond saying that they "are lawful and do not constitute torture."’
    • ‘They don't want to talk very much beyond saying that any strike would be illegitimate, which is, in fact, what their country has been saying.’
    apart from, except, other than
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the beyond
  • The unknown, especially in references to life after death.

    ‘messages from the beyond’
    • ‘The Aeneid provides Dante with the wonder of a bleeding stalk and a voice from the beyond.’
    • ‘One could almost hear Wallis cheering him on from her place in the beyond.’
    • ‘Below her, down grand, stone steps, soldiers were carefully leading their horses out of the hall and into the beyond.’
    • ‘In their place you will find creepy white suits and the cold emptiness of 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.’
    • ‘If it weren't for guilt, all of us would be facing far worse punishments when we reach 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.’
    • ‘And over the years, he has literally stepped over life's edge to explore the world of the beyond.’


  • the back of beyond

    • A very remote or inaccessible place.

      • ‘If you live in a little village in the back of beyond, people still hiss at you in the street if you display signs of being remotely unusual.’
      • ‘‘It did seem very ironic that my life was saved in the back of beyond, but when I returned to Scotland, nothing could be done to help me,’ says Robb, now 44.’
      • ‘Maybe if we moved to the back of beyond we'd stand a better chance’.’
      • ‘However, Justin wished he was in the back of beyond again with his old team.’
      • ‘These trees would live in myriad habitats from soggy coasts to the driest deserts, deep valleys to the shoulders of alpine peaks, backyards to the back of beyond.’
      • ‘But we can tell that the town the lads left on their way to fight the Scots was a flourishing little place and not just some hole in the back of beyond.’
      • ‘But I thought I had come to the back of beyond as the train took us across this great country.’
      • ‘He sent in four legions to the strange, soaking wet, mist-shrouded island at the back of beyond.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, this makes me smile far too much and brings back memories of riding bikes around the back of beyond in Hoi An.’
      • ‘Kubu Island sits on the southernmost tip of the Makgadikgadi Pan, Botswana: if you've ever wanted to know what lies behind the back of beyond, this is probably it…’
      • ‘I don't know where it is, but the name he gave me - ‘La Providence ‘, sounds like some village way out in the back of beyond.’’
      • ‘My wife has been pretty good about my fishing expeditions into the back of beyond, but when I told her that I fancied a trip up the Zaire river in search of Goliath tigerfish, she finally put her foot down.’
      • ‘It's in the back of beyond in Bahia's ranch country, accessible only by boat or plane.’
      • ‘I've stopped daydreaming of moving to a rural barn in the back of beyond, with roses round the door and a goat at the end of the garden.’
      • ‘Two babies died young, and when her fifth was due she went to ‘civilisation’ in Menindee - still the back of beyond.’
      • ‘Many of her explorations took place in the Waikawau and Nukuhakari districts - places in the back of beyond where secrets were waiting to be discovered.’
      • ‘It took some courage, six years ago, for Steve Reynolds to take on a tiny village pub in the back of beyond and, defying all odds, become a Herefordshire hero.’
      • ‘That's what got him sent beyond the back of beyond to pull a completely devastated land into flourishing prosperity in less than a decade.’
      • ‘If you live in the back of beyond in rural Bihar you can be safely assumed to be well out of reach of the media marketeers as we know them, right?’
      • ‘The third, a stone house, is worth £60,000 [it is in the back of beyond, hence the low asking price].’
      the middle of nowhere, the backwoods, the wilds, the hinterland, a backwater
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Old English begeondan, from be ‘by’ + geondan of Germanic origin (related to yon and yonder).