beneath

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English benethe, from Old English bineoþan (beneath, under, below), equivalent to be- +‎ neath. Cognate with Low German benedden (beneath), Dutch beneden (beneath, under, down), obsolete German benieden (below).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /bɪˈniːθ/
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  • Rhymes: -iːθ

Adverb[edit]

beneath

  1. Below or underneath.
    • 2013 May 11, “The climate of Tibet: Pole-land”, in The Economist[1], volume 407, number 8835, page 80:
      Of all the transitions brought about on the Earth’s surface by temperature change, the melting of ice into water is the starkest. It is binary. And for the land beneath, the air above and the life around, it changes everything.

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Preposition[edit]

beneath

  1. Below.
  2. In a position that is lower in rank, dignity, etc.
    • a. 1730, Francis Atterbury, in The Grub-Street Journal, Volume 1
      He will do nothing that is beneath his high station.
  3. Covered up or concealed by something.

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