beneath: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (bi-nēth', -nē'), [key]
— adv.
  1. below; in or to a lower place, position, state, or the like.
  2. underneath: heaven above and the earth beneath.
  1. below; under: beneath the same roof.
  2. farther down than; underneath; lower in place than: The first drawer beneath the top one.
  3. lower down on a slope than: beneath the crest of a hill.
  4. inferior or less important, as in position, rank, or power: A captain is beneath a major.
  5. unworthy of; below the level or dignity of: to regard others as beneath one; behavior that was beneath contempt.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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