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. 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.
  2. In addition; more.
  3. (informal) extremely, more than




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, The Century Co., New York, 1911.