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adverb, preposition beneath pronunciation in British English /bɪˈniːθ/
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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.
    He looked out of the windows down to the garden beneath.
    They slept outside beneath the stars.
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    1. a.
      under the surface of the ground or water
      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 behaviour 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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