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adverb, preposition     beneath pronunciation in British English
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 someone’s appearance and behaviour do not show their real character or feelings

    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 of a higher social class than people who do this

    Burke regarded it as beneath him to trade with such people.



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