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1. At the side of; next to.
a. In comparison with: a proposal that seems quite reasonable beside the others.
b. On an equal footing with: has earned a place beside the best performers in the business.
3. In addition to: "Many creatures beside man live in communities" (Stuart Chase). See Usage Note at besides.
4. Except for. See Usage Note at besides.
5. Not relevant to: a remark that was beside the point.
adv. Archaic
1. In addition.
2. Nearby.
beside (oneself)
In a state of extreme excitement or agitation: They were beside themselves with glee.

[Middle English biside, from Old English be sīdan : be, by; see by1 + sīde, side.]


1. next to; at, by, or to the side of
2. as compared with
3. away from; wide of: beside the point.
4. archaic besides
5. beside oneself (often foll by: with) overwhelmed; overwrought: beside oneself with grief.
at, by, to, or along the side of something or someone
[Old English be sīdan; see by, side]



1. by or at the side of; near: Sit down beside me.
2. compared with: Beside her other writers seem amateurish.
3. apart from: beside the point.
5. along the side of something: We walked, and the dog ran along beside.
6. Archaic. besides (def. 2).
beside oneself, frantic; distraught.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English bī sīdan, be sīdan; see be-, side]
usage: For the prepositional meanings “over and above, in addition to” and “except” besides is preferred, esp. in edited writing.


1. 'beside'

If one thing is beside another, it is next to it or at the side of it.

Beside the shed was a huge tree.
I sat down beside my wife.
2. 'besides' used as a preposition

Besides means 'in addition to' or 'as well as'.

What languages do you know besides Arabic and English?
There was only one person besides Jacques who knew Lorraine.
3. 'besides' used to link clauses

You can use besides to introduce a clause beginning with an -ing form.

He writes novels and poems, besides working as a journalist.
Besides being good company, he was always ready to try anything.

Be Careful!
You must use an -ing form in sentences like these. Don't say, for example, 'He writes novels and poems besides he works as a journalist'.

4. 'besides' used as an adverb

You can use besides when you are making an additional point or giving an additional reason that you think is important.

I'll only be gone for five days, and besides, you'll have fun while I'm away.
The house was too big. Besides, we couldn't afford it.
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preposition next to, near, close to, neighbouring, alongside, overlooking, next door to, adjacent to, at the side of, abreast of, cheek by jowl with On the table beside an empty plate was a pile of books.
beside yourself distraught, desperate, mad, distressed, frantic, frenzied, hysterical, insane, crazed, demented, unbalanced, uncontrolled, deranged, berserk, delirious, unhinged, very anxious, overwrought, apoplectic, out of your mind, at the end of your tether He was beside himself with anxiety.
بِالمُقارَنَةِ مَعبِجَانِببِجانِبِ
vedleuve srovnání
ved siden af
hjá, viî hliîina ásamanboriî viî
...의 옆에
be tonesvarbunetverti savo kailyjepalyginti suprie
ved siden avpå siden
yanında-e görekıyasla
bên cạnh


[bɪˈsaɪd] PREP
1. (= at the side of) → al lado de, junto a; (= near) → cerca de
to be beside o.s (with anger) → estar fuera de sí; (with joy) → estar loco de alegría
that's beside the pointeso no tiene nada que ver con el asunto, eso no viene al caso
2. (= compared with) → comparado con
what is that beside victory?¿y eso qué importa comparado con la victoria?
3. (= in addition to) → además de, aparte de; (= apart from) → aparte de


[bɪˈsaɪd] prep
(= next to) → à côté de
beside the television → à côté de la télévision
(= compared with) → par rapport à
to be beside o.s. (= angry) → être hors de soi
He was beside himself → Il était hors de lui. (= excited) → être surexcité(e)
to be beside o.s. with anxiety → être mort(e) d'inquiétude
to be beside o.s. with anger → être hors de soi
to be beside o.s. with excitement → être surexcité(e)
that's beside the point (= irrelevant) → cela n'a rien à voir


(= at the side of)neben (+dat or with motion +acc); (= at the edge of) road, riveran (+dat or with motion +acc); beside the roadam Straßenrand
(= compared with)neben (+dat); if you put it beside the originalwenn man es neben dem Original sieht
(= irrelevant to) to be beside the pointdamit nichts zu tun haben
to be beside oneself (with anger) → außer sich sein (with vor); (with joy also) → sich nicht mehr zu lassen wissen (with vor)


[bɪˈsaɪd] prep (at the side of) → accanto a, vicino a; (compared with) → rispetto a, in confronto a
to be beside o.s. (with) (anger, joy) → essere fuori di sé (da)
that's beside the point → questo non c'entra niente


(biˈsaid) preposition
1. by the side of or near. beside the window; She sat beside her sister.
2. compared with. She looks ugly beside her sister.
beˈsides preposition
in addition to. Is anyone coming besides John?
also. These shoes are expensive – besides, they're too small; She has three sons and an adopted one besides.
be beside oneself (with)
to be in a state of very great, uncontrolled emotion. She was beside herself with excitement as her holiday approached.
be beside the point
to be irrelevant. You will have to go. Whether you want to go is beside the point.


بِجَانِب vedle ved siden af neben δίπλα σε al lado de vieressä à côté de pored vicino a ・・・のそばに ...의 옆에 naast ved siden av obok ao lado de рядом bredvid ข้างๆ yanında bên cạnh 在旁边


adv. además;
prep. al lado de, cerca de, junto a;
___ oneselffuera de sí, loco-a.
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Girls," said Meg seriously, looking from the tumbled head beside her to the two little night-capped ones in the room beyond, "Mother wants us to read and love and mind these books, and we must begin at once.
He wanted to keep them hidden away and looked with amaze- ment at the quiet inexpressive hands of other men who worked beside him in the fields, or passed, driving sleepy teams on country roads.
Well, Ned, it isn't exactly like going up in an airship," and Tom Swift who was gazing over the rail down into the deep blue water of the Caribbean Sea, over which their vessel was then steaming, looked at his chum beside him.
I can remember exactly how the country looked to me as I walked beside my grandmother along the faint wagon-tracks on that early September morning.
I am destined to see you only by accident," she said, shoving the cat off the chair beside her.
Livesey's, of keeping me beside him--could be carried out as we intended.
Now one night, when he was sitting on the grass beside his flocks, he heard not very far from him the sound as of some one crying.
I fell beside a huge monster who was engaged with three antagonists, and as I glanced at his fierce face, filled with the light of battle, I recognized Tars Tarkas the Thark.
Then I shut the door, locked it, and went into the enclosure where Moreau lay beside his latest victims,--the staghounds and the llama and some other wretched brutes,--with his massive face calm even after his terrible death, and with the hard eyes open, staring at the dead white moon above.
Having acquitted themselves of their errand, and exchanged a hearty shake of the hand with Edmond, Danglars and Caderousse took their places beside Fernand and old Dantes, -- the latter of whom attracted universal notice.
Here lay many wounded insects, and harmless little creatures, whom cruel hands had hurt; and pale, drooping flowers grew beside urns of healing herbs, from whose fresh leaves came a faint, sweet perfume.
The sweet Lenore hath "gone before," with Hope, that flew beside Leaving thee wild for the dear child that should have been thy bride - For her, the fair and debonair, that now so lowly lies, The life upon her yellow hair but not within her eyes - The life still there, upon her hair - the death upon her eyes.