Meaning of “beneath” in the English Dictionary

"beneath" in British English

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beneathpreposition

uk /bɪˈniːθ/ us /bɪˈniːθ/

beneath preposition (BELOW)

B2 in or to a lower position than someone or something, under someone or something:

Jaime hid the letter beneath a pile of papers.
We huddled together for warmth beneath the blankets.
After weeks at sea, it was wonderful to feel firm ground beneath our feet once more.
Emma was so tired and hungry that her legs were beginning to give way beneath her (= she was about to fall over).

More examples

  • As the wind increased, the deck of the ship began to heave beneath his feet.
  • The water is some 20 to 30 metres beneath the ground.
  • They went down into catacombs beneath the church.
  • I heard a massive explosion and the ground shuddered beneath me.
  • The table has a plastic coating which prevents liquids from permeating into the wood beneath.

beneathadverb

uk /bɪˈniːθ/ us /bɪˈniːθ/

(Definition of “beneath” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"beneath" in American English

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beneathpreposition

us /bɪˈniθ/

in or to a lower position than; under:

Jerry hid the letter beneath a pile of papers.
The cool grass felt good beneath their feet.

(Definition of “beneath” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)