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Meaning of “beyond” in the English Dictionary

"beyond" in British English

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beyondpreposition, adverb

uk   /biˈjɒnd/  us   /-ˈjɑːnd/
  • beyond preposition, adverb (FURTHER AWAY)

B1 further away in the ​distance (than something): In the ​distance, beyond the ​river, was a ​smalltown. From the ​top of the ​hill we could ​seeourhouse and the ​woods beyond.

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  • beyond preposition, adverb (OUTSIDE A LIMIT)

B1 outside or after (a ​statedlimit): Few ​peoplelive beyond the ​age of a hundred. We cannot ​allow the ​work to ​continue beyond the end of the ​year. I've got nothing to ​tell you beyond (= in ​addition to) what I told you ​earlier. The ​repercussions will be ​feltthroughout the ​industry and beyond (= in other ​areas). Tonight's ​performance has been ​cancelleddue to circumstances beyond ourcontrol (= ​events that we are ​unable to ​deal with). She has always ​lived beyond her means (= ​spent more than she has ​earned).beyond belief, repair, recognition, etc. C2 too ​great or ​bad for anyone to ​believe, ​repair, ​recognize, etc.: His ​thoughtlessness is beyond belief. He ​survived the ​accident, but his ​car was ​damaged beyond repair.beyond reasonable doubt UK (US beyond a reasonable doubt) If a ​legalcase or a person's guilt is ​proved beyond ​reasonabledoubt, there is enough ​proof for the ​personaccused of a ​crime to be ​judgedguilty: Her ​guilt was ​established beyond ​reasonabledoubt.

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

"beyond" in American English

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beyondpreposition, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /biˈɑnd/
farther away in the ​distance than something: Beyond the ​river was a ​smalltown. From the ​top of the ​hill we could ​seeourhouse and the ​woods beyond.
outside or after a ​statedlimit: Few ​peoplelive beyond the ​age of a hundred. Beyond a ​certainlevel of tiredness, it is ​impossible to ​workproductively. Tonight’s ​performance has been ​cancelleddue to ​circumstances beyond ​ourcontrol. Beyond also ​means more than: I’ve got nothing to ​tell you beyond what I said ​earlier. My ​job goes beyond ​teachingfacts – my ​aim is to get ​children to ​think for themselves. Beyond also ​means at a ​point where something could not be: She has ​changed beyond ​recognition. The ​car was ​damaged beyond ​repair.
(Definition of beyond from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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