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beneath

[bih-neeth, -neeth ] /bɪˈniθ, -ˈnið/
adverb
1.
below; in or to a lower place, position, state, or the like.
2.
underneath:
heaven above and the earth beneath.
preposition
3.
below; under:
beneath the same roof.
4.
farther down than; underneath; lower in place than:
The first drawer beneath the top one.
5.
lower down on a slope than:
beneath the crest of a hill.
6.
inferior or less important, as in position, rank, or power:
A captain is beneath a major.
7.
unworthy of; below the level or dignity of:
to regard others as beneath one; behavior that was beneath contempt.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English benethe, Old English beneothan, equivalent to be- be- + neothan below, akin to Old High German nidana. See nether
Synonyms
3. See below.
Antonyms
1. above.
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  • beneath its surface, a transformation is taking place.
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  • Some even began to place bouquets of flowers beneath the spot where the painting once resided.
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  • The refracted colors are from a plastic tablecloth beneath the dish.
  • Victims of the disease sometimes see the worm moving beneath their skin as it prepares to break the surface.
  • The landscape is slowly becoming more open and green, the prairie reappearing from beneath the plant.
  • Absorb the park's immense beauty by spending a night beneath the stars.
  • beneath the nervous clatter of our half-completed decade stirs a slow but seismic shift.
British Dictionary definitions for beneath

beneath

/bɪˈniːθ/
preposition
1.
below, esp if covered, protected, or obscured by
2.
not as great or good as would be demanded by: beneath his dignity
adverb
3.
below; underneath
Word Origin
Old English beneothan, from be- + neothan low; see nether
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Word Origin and History for beneath
adv., adj.

Old English beneoðan "beneath, under, below," from be- "by" + neoðan "below," originally "from below," from Proto-Germanic *niþar "lower, farther down, down" (see nether). Meaning "unworthy of" is attested from 1849 (purists prefer below in this sense). "The be- gave or emphasized the notion of 'where,' excluding that of 'whence' pertaining to the simple niðan" [OED].

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