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



    BrE BrE//bɪˈjɒnd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈjɑːnd//
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  1. 1  on or to the further side of something The road continues beyond the village up into the hills.
  2. 2  later 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. 3  more than something Our success was far beyond what we thought possible. She's got nothing beyond her state pension.
  4. 4  used 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. 5  too far or too advanced for somebody/something The handle was just beyond my reach. The exercise was beyond the abilities of most of the class.
  6. Word OriginOld English begeondan, from be ‘by’ + geondan of Germanic origin (related to yon and yonder).Idioms (informal) to be impossible for somebody to imagine, understand or do It's beyond me why she wants to marry Jeff.
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