Meaning of “beside” in the English Dictionary

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"beside" in British English

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besidepreposition

uk /bɪˈsaɪd/ us /bɪˈsaɪd/

A2 at the side of, next to:

Come and sit here beside me.
Our school was built right beside a river.

compared to another person or thing:

Those books seem very dull beside this one.
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.

More examples

  • Come and sit beside me, duck.
  • She knelt down beside the child.
  • Feeling a tug at his sleeve, he turned to see Joe beside him.
  • His parents kept vigil beside his bed for weeks before he died.
  • The photograph shows the happy couple standing beside a banana tree.

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

"beside" in American English

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besidepreposition

us /bɪˈsɑɪd/

at the side of; next to:

Come and sit here beside me.

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