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adverb, preposition beneath pronunciation in American English /bɪˈniθ/
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. 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.

    1. 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

    2. b.
      covered by something

      His frail body lay beneath the blankets.

      from beneath:

      She pulled a dagger from beneath her cloak.

  2. 2
    formal used for saying that someones 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.


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