Beneath meaning

bĭ-nēth'
The definition of beneath is lower than or covered by.

An example of beneath is a toy under the bed; the toy beneath the bed.

An example of beneath is a child under a blanket; the child was beneath the blanket.

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Under the force, control, or influence of.
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Covered or concealed by.

The earth lay beneath a blanket of snow.

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In a lower place; below.
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Just below something; underneath.
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Below; lower than.
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Directly under; underneath.
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Covered by.

Beneath a blanket of snow.

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Under the influence or control of.
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Inferior to or lower than in rank, quality, worth, etc.
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Unworthy of.

It is beneath him to cheat.

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In a position that is lower in rank, dignity, etc.
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Covered up or concealed by something.
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Beneath means under or below.

An example of beneath is the table on which a cup is sitting; the table is beneath the cup.

An example of beneath is Joe Biden being Vice President to Barack Obama; Joe Biden is beneath Barack Obama.

An example of beneath is a person laying under a blanket; The person is beneath the blanket.

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In a lower place; below.
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Underneath.
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Origin of beneath

  • Middle English binethe from Old English beneothan be by by1 neothan below
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English benethe, from Old English beneoþan (“beneath, under, below”), from Proto-Germanic *bī-niþana (“below”), from Proto-Indo-European *ni-, *nei- (“in, under”). Cognate with Low German benedden (“beneath”), Dutch beneden (“beneath, under, down”), German benieden (“below”). Compare also Danish neden (“below”), Swedish and Icelandic nedan (“below, under”). See also nether.
    From Wiktionary