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From Old English beġeondan, from be- +‎ ġeond; related to yonder.




  1. Further away than.
    She had no reason for the conviction beyond the very inadequate one that she had seen him around London.
  2. On the far side of.
    No swimming beyond this point.
  3. Later than; after.
  4. Greater than; so as to exceed or surpass.
    Your staff went beyond my expectations in refunding my parking ticket.
    • 2006, Janis Mink, Joan Miró, →ISBN, page 55:
      He was a painter who was trying to get beyond painting, to escape from purely visual experience and lead his art in a more conceptual direction with a systematic approach.
  5. In addition to.
  6. Past, or out of reach of.
    You won't last beyond my first punch.
    The patient was beyond medical help.
    • 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter II, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., [], OCLC 752825175:
      Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. Indeed, a nail filed sharp is not of much avail as an arrowhead; you must have it barbed, and that was a little beyond our skill.
    • 2012 September 7, Phil McNulty, “Moldova 0-5 England”, in BBC Sport:
      England were graphically illustrating the huge gulf in class between the sides and it was no surprise when Lampard added the second just before the half hour. Steven Gerrard found his Liverpool team-mate Glen Johnson and Lampard arrived in the area with perfect timing to glide a header beyond Namasco.
  7. (figuratively) Not within the comprehension of.
    He understood geometry well, but algebraic topology was beyond him.



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beyond (not comparable)

  1. Farther along or away.
    Synonyms: ayond, (obsolete) ayont
    Next year and beyond.
  2. In addition; more.
  3. (informal) extremely, more than
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:extremely
    • 2009, Jenny Lee, Women Are Crazy, Men Are Stupid, Simon & Schuster, →ISBN, page 7:
      But to then write about his allegedly fat girlfriend was beyond stupid, because by doing so he was in fact engaging a woman (me) in the “Am I fat?” discussion, which he supposedly realized he should never do.
    • 2017 July 13, Joseph Gamp, “Marvel release stirring new set images of Black Panther and we are BEYOND excited”, in Metro[1]:
      Marvel release stirring new set images of Black Panther and we are BEYOND excited [title]
    • 2021 September 1, Michael Levenson; Anne Barnard, quoting Mark Levine, “Scenes from New York City as Ida paralyzes region”, in The New York Times[2], ISSN 0362-4331:
      “We are BEYOND not ready for climate change,” Mark Levine, a City Council representative, declared on Twitter.



beyond (countable and uncountable, plural beyonds)

  1. (uncountable) The unknown.
  2. (uncountable) The hereafter.
  3. (countable) Something that is far beyond.
    • 2006, Haun Saussy, American Comparative Literature Association, Comparative Literature in an Age of Globalization
      And that is perhaps why I am constantly searching for great beyondsbeyonds that will permit the application of different theoretical models (be they semiotically-inspired, gender-inspired, sexuality-inspired, and so on) beyond any disciplinary confines.

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  • beyond at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • beyond in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.