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Definition of "beside" []

  • At the side of; next to. (preposition)
  • In comparison with: a proposal that seems quite reasonable beside the others. (preposition)
  • On an equal footing with: has earned a place beside the best performers in the business. (preposition)
  • In addition to: "Many creatures beside man live in communities” ( Stuart Chase). See Usage Note at besides. (preposition)
  • Except for. See Usage Note at besides. (preposition)
  • Next to; at, by, or to the side of (preposition)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • As compared with (preposition)
  • Away from; wide of (preposition)
  • Besides (preposition)
  • At, by, to, or along the side of something or someone (adverb)

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Use "beside" in a sentence
  • "He thinks of being AWOL, and likes the idea of the label beside his name, the sense it gives of who he is."
  • "Boucheau, the name beside the bottom button reads."
  • "I rolled down the window, looked at his shield and the name beside his photo, and smiled."