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adverb, preposition below pronunciation in British English /bɪˈləʊ/
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Below can be used in the following ways:
as a preposition (followed by a noun): The lake is almost 900 feet below sea level.
as an adverb (without a following noun): I heard someone calling from the street below.
  1. 1
    in a lower place or position
    Someone was having a party in the flat below.
    a gunshot wound below the left shoulder
    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      in a later part of a piece of writing
      This suggestion is discussed in more detail below.
      For further information, see below.
    2. b.
      in or into the lower part of a ship
      He went below to speak to the engineer.
  2. 2
    less than a certain number, amount, or level
    During the night, temperatures dropped below zero.
    The college will not accept candidates with test scores below 60.
    House prices are still 2% below 2000 levels.
    1. a.
      not as good as a particular standard
      Students were sent home if their behaviour fell below an acceptable standard.
      The team’s performance has been well below average.
  3. 3
    used for saying that someones rank is lower or their job is less important than someone elses
    Officers below the rank of captain receive no special privileges.


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