Definition of beneath preposition from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bɪˈniːθ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈniːθ//
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  1. 1  in or to a lower position than somebody/something; under somebody/something They found the body buried beneath a pile of leaves. The boat sank beneath the waves.
  2. 2not good enough for somebody He considers such jobs beneath him. They thought she had married beneath her (= married a man of lower social status).
  3. Word OriginOld English binithan, bineothan, from bi (be, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bij and German bei) + nithan, neothan ‘below’, of Germanic origin; related to nether.

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