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English definition of “beside”


preposition     /bɪˈsaɪd/
A2 at the side of, next to: Come and sit here beside me. Our school was built right beside a river.Next to and beside compared to another person or thing: Those books seem rather dull beside this one.Comparing and contrasting be beside the point C2 to be in no way connected to the subject that is being discussed: Let's stick to discussing whether the road should be built at all. The exact cost is beside the point.Irrelevant Grammar:Beside or besides?See moreGrammar:BesideBeside is a preposition. It means ‘at the side of’ or ‘next to’. It is rather formal:See moreGrammar:BesidesBesides is a preposition or a linking adverb. It means ‘in addition to’ or ‘also’:See more
(Definition of beside preposition from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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