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adverb, preposition     beyond pronunciation in American English
Beyond can be used in the following ways:
as a preposition (followed by a noun): the world beyond the prison wall
as an adverb (without a following noun): The empire extended to the Danube River and beyond.
  1. 1
    past a place or outside an area
    1. a.
      farther away than something else

      He could see a line of cypress trees and, beyond it, a landscape of red hills.

      Traders looked eastward to India and beyond.

    2. b.
      outside a particular area

      By now Dr. Barnard’s fame had spread far beyond South Africa.

  2. 2
    outside the range or limits of a subject, quality, or activity

    Our knowledge does not extend much beyond these few facts.

    Scott pushed his men beyond the limits of human endurance.

    The fansbehavior on Sunday went beyond what is acceptable.

  3. 3
    used in negative sentences to mean “except”

    I know nothing about him beyond the fact that he used to work for the government.

    She had no income beyond what she could earn as a waitress.

  4. 4
    used for saying that something cannot be done

    The situation is already beyond our control.

    Martin was living in Brazil, beyond the reach of the FBI.

    I’m afraid the watch is damaged beyond repair (=it cannot be repaired).

  5. 5
    after a time or age, or above an amount
    1. a.
      continuing after a particular time or date

      Some people will prefer to continue working beyond 65.

      We aren’t attempting to plan ahead beyond the next two years.

    2. b.
      more than a particular amount or higher than a particular level

      Inflation had risen beyond ten percent.

      She never went beyond tenth grade in school.

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