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at the side of: She stood beside me.
Not to be confused with:
besides – in addition to: Who is going besides me?
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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.]
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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]
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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.
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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.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
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
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


[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
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


(= 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)
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


[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
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(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.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


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
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adv. además;
prep. al lado de, cerca de, junto a;
___ oneselffuera de sí, loco-a.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
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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.
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Our little party of travelers awakened the next morning refreshed and full of hope, and Dorothy breakfasted like a princess off peaches and plums from the trees beside the river.
It had come--appearing suddenly from behind the forehead of the nearest upland, and stopping beside the boy with the barrow.
Faint light filtered from above through occasional ventilating and lighting tubes, but it was scarce sufficient to enable my human eyes to cope with the darkness, and so I was forced to move with extreme care, feeling my way along step by step with a hand upon the wall beside me.
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Some more words passed between them, which, happily, I did not overhear; but Annabella had the audacity to come and place herself beside me, and even to put her hand upon my shoulder and say softly, 'You need not grudge him to me, Helen, for I love him more than ever you could do.'
He is there beside her, but she does not want to hear what he will tell her father.