Meaning of BEYOND in English


I. bēˈänd also bēˈyä- or bə̇ˈyä- sometimes -ˈ(y)ȯ- or -ˈ(y)ə- adverb

Etymology: Middle English beyonde, adverb & preposition, from Old English begeondan, from be- + geondan beyond, from geond yond, yonder — more at yond


a. : farther away or farther along in space, time, or any developing temporal activity

along the road through the valley and beyond to town

the class lasts until four o'clock and seldom goes beyond

through the secondary school and beyond

b. : on the farther side

a hayfield with a pond beyond

2. : in addition : further

to provide the essentials but nothing beyond

II. preposition

Etymology: Middle English beyonde

1. : on or to the farther side of : in the same direction as but farther on or farther away

a house beyond a field and a small wood

traveling beyond the larger cities to a village on the same route

he made his native town his home, never journeying many miles beyond its borders — H.E.Starr


a. : out of the reach or sphere of

then we grew beyond it — H.A.Overstreet

: greater than the grasp or power of

a task beyond his strength

a sick man far beyond medical help

the job was clearly beyond him — Merle Miller

b. : in a degree or amount surpassing

angry beyond measure

beautiful beyond expression

c. : out of or passing the comprehension of

his reasoning is beyond us

God's ways are beyond us — M.R.Cohen

3. : in addition to : over and above , besides

decided to make traffic control their personal business beyond their regular duties — Lamp

without any treatment beyond sedatives and rest — Stuart Chase

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: beyond (I)

1. : something that lies beyond

a river for small boats for twenty miles back into the beyond — R.W.Hatch

2. sometimes capitalized : something that lies outside the scope of ordinary experience

there's a beyond that the mind can't see, and that's where the answers are — Robert Nathan

specifically : hereafter II

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.