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beyond

[bee-ond, bih-yond] /biˈɒnd, bɪˈyɒnd/
preposition
1.
on, at, or to the farther side of:
Beyond those trees you'll find his house.
2.
farther on than; more distant than:
beyond the horizon; beyond the sea.
3.
outside the understanding, limits, or reach of; past:
beyond comprehension; beyond endurance; beyond help.
4.
superior to; surpassing; above:
wise beyond all others.
5.
more than; in excess of; over and above:
to stay beyond one's welcome.
adverb
6.
farther on or away:
as far as the house and beyond.
Idioms
7.
the beyond,
  1. that which is at a great distance.
  2. Also, the great beyond. the afterlife; life after death.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English beyonden, Old English begeondan. See be-, yond (adv.)
Related forms
beyondness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for great beyond

beyond

/bɪˈjɒnd/
preposition
1.
at or to a point on the other side of; at or to the further side of: beyond those hills there is a river
2.
outside the limits or scope of: beyond this country's jurisdiction
adverb
3.
at or to the other or far side of something
4.
outside the limits of something
noun
5.
the beyond, the unknown; the world outside the range of human perception, esp life after death in certain religious beliefs
Word Origin
Old English begeondan; see by, yonder
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Word Origin and History for great beyond

beyond

prep.

Old English begeondan "beyond, from the farther side," from be- "by," here probably indicating position, + geond "yonder" (prep.); see yond. A compound not found elsewhere in Germanic.

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great beyond in the Bible

when used with reference to Jordan, signifies in the writings of Moses the west side of the river, as he wrote on the east bank (Gen. 50:10, 11; Deut. 1:1, 5; 3:8, 20; 4:46); but in the writings of Joshua, after he had crossed the river, it means the east side (Josh. 5:1; 12:7; 22:7).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with great beyond
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