American English

Definition of beyond preposition from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1on or to the further side of something The road continues beyond the village up into the hills.
  2. 2later than a particular time It won't go on beyond midnight. I know what I'll be doing for the next three weeks but I haven't thought beyond that.
  3. 3more than something Our success was far beyond what we thought possible. She has nothing beyond social security.
  4. 4used to say that something is not possible The bicycle was beyond repair (= is too badly damaged to repair). The situation is beyond our control.
  5. 5too far or too advanced for someone or something The handle was just beyond my reach. The exercise was beyond the abilities of most of the class.
  6. Idioms
    be beyond somebody (informal)
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    to be impossible for someone to imagine, understand, or do It's beyond me why she wants to marry Jeff.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: beyond