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adverb, preposition beneath pronunciation in American English /bɪˈniθ/
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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.
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    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
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    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.
  3. 3
    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.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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