American English

Definition of below preposition from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1at or to a lower level or position than someone or something He dived below the surface of the water. Please do not write below this line. Skirts should be worn below (= long enough to cover) the knee.
  2. 2of a lower amount or standard than someone or something The temperature remained below freezing all day. Her work was well below average for the class.
  3. 3of a lower rank or of less importance than someone or something A police sergeant is below a lieutenant.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: below