beneath Definition

  • 1in or to a lower position than someone or something, under someone or something
  • 2less important, serious, or impressive than someone or something

Using beneath: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "beneath" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The sun disappeared beneath the horizon.

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    The truth beneath the surface is often hard to see.

  • Example

    Beneath the makeup and designer clothes, she was just a simple girl.

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    The real problem lies beneath the surface.

beneath Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with beneath

  • so bad or morally wrong that it deserves no respect or consideration


    His behavior was beneath contempt.

  • not appropriate for someone to do because it is not important enough or is too low in status


    He felt it was beneath his dignity to ask for help.

  • the hidden or underlying reality of a situation


    Beneath the surface, there was a lot of tension between the two groups.


Summary: beneath in Brief

The term 'beneath' [bɪˈniːθ] refers to a lower position than someone or something, or something less important, serious, or impressive. It can be used literally, as in 'The sun disappeared beneath the horizon,' or figuratively, as in 'The truth beneath the surface is often hard to see.' 'Beneath' also appears in phrases like 'beneath contempt,' indicating something so bad it deserves no respect, and 'beneath one's dignity,' meaning something not important enough for someone to do.

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