be|neath [ bı`niθ ] function word ***
Beneath can be used in the following ways:
as a preposition (followed by a noun):
the ground beneath your feet
as an adverb (without a following noun):
People waved from the bridge as the boat passed beneath.
1. ) MAINLY LITERARY directly under something or at a lower level:
We took shelter beneath a huge oak tree.
They slept outside beneath the stars.
His face was hidden beneath a large brimmed hat.
a ) under the surface of the ground or water:
These pieces of pottery had been buried beneath the earth for thousands of years.
the waters of the Timor Sea and the coral reefs that lie beneath
b ) covered by something:
His frail body lay beneath the blankets.
from beneath: She pulled a dagger from beneath her cloak.
2. ) => NOTE FORMAL used for saying that someone's appearance and behavior do not show their real character or feelings:
Beneath his quiet unassuming manner there lies considerable strength.
She seemed quite calm on the surface, but a great deal of anger lay beneath.
beneath someone
if a particular action or activity is beneath you, you think that you are better than people who do this:
Burke regarded it as beneath him to do business with such people.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Beneath — Be*neath , prep. [OE. benethe, bineo[eth]en, AS. beneo[eth]an, beny[eth]an; pref. be + neo[eth]an, ny[eth]an, downward, beneath, akin to E. nether. See {Nether}.] 1. Lower in place, with something directly over or on; under; underneath; hence, at …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Beneath — Be*neath , adv. 1. In a lower place; underneath. [1913 Webster] The earth you take from beneath will be barren. Mortimer. [1913 Webster] 2. Below, as opposed to heaven, or to any superior region or position; as, in earth beneath. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • beneath — [bē nēth′, binēth′] adv., adj. [ME binethe < OE beneothan < be , BY + neothan, down: see NETHER] 1. in a lower place; below 2. just below something; underneath prep. 1. below; lower than 2. directly under; underneath …   English World dictionary

  • beneath — O.E. beneoðan beneath, under, below, from BE (Cf. be ) by + neoðan below, originally from below, from P.Gmc. *niþar lower, farther down, down (see NETHER (Cf. nether)). Meaning unworthy of is attested from 1849 (purists prefer below i …   Etymology dictionary

  • beneath — [adv] in a lower place below, underneath; concept 586 Ant. above, higher, over beneath [prep] inferior below, lesser, less than, lower than, subject, subordinate, unbefitting, under, underneath, unworthy of; concept 567 Ant. above, higher, over,… …   New thesaurus

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  • beneath — [[t]bɪni͟ːθ[/t]] ♦♦♦ 1) PREP Something that is beneath another thing is under the other thing. She could see the muscles of his shoulders beneath his T shirt... She found pleasure in sitting beneath the trees... Four storeys of parking beneath… …   English dictionary

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