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Meaning of “below” in the English Dictionary

"below" in British English

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belowadverb, preposition

uk   /bɪˈləʊ/  us   /-ˈloʊ/
  • below adverb, preposition (POSITION)

A1 in a ​lowerposition (than), under: From the ​top of the ​skyscraper the ​cars below us ​looked like ​insects. The author's ​name was ​printed below the ​title. For ​furtherinformation on this ​subject, see below (= ​lower on the ​page or ​later in the ​book). The ship's ​captain went below (= to the ​lower, ​coveredpart of the ​ship). Do you usually ​wearyourskirts above or below the ​knee? She has three ​people working below her (= ​people to whom she gives ​orders).

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  • below adverb, preposition (LESS)

B1 less than a ​particularamount or ​level: They have three ​children below the ​age of (= ​younger than) four. His ​marks in ​English have been below ​average for some ​time now. The ​temperature has ​fallen below ​freezing (= has been less than 0°C)recently. Last ​night it was ten ​degrees below (zero) (= ​minus ten ​degrees).
(Definition of below from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"below" in American English

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belowpreposition, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /bɪˈloʊ/
in a ​lowerposition (than); under: The author’s ​name was ​printed below the ​title. There’s a ​basement below the first ​floor. Below also ​means less in ​number or ​value: It’s been below ​freezing every ​day this ​week. It’s for ​youngkids below the ​age of six.
(Definition of below from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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