be·yond / bēˈänd; biˈyänd/ • prep. & adv. 1. at or to the further side of: [as prep.] he pointed to a spot beyond the trees passengers traveling to destinations beyond Boston [as adv.] there was the terminal and, beyond, an endless line of warehouses. ∎ [prep.] outside the physical limits or range of: the land sloped away until far beyond sight it reached the Great Plains. ∎ fig. more extensive or extreme than; further-reaching than: [as prep.] what these children go through is far beyond what most adults endure in a lifetime. [as adv.] pushing the laws to their limits and beyond. 2. happening or continuing after (a specified time or event): [as prep.] we can manage another two years, but beyond that the system is not viable [as adv.] music going on into the night and beyond. 3. having progressed or achieved more than (a specified stage or level): [as prep.] we need to get beyond square one. ∎ above or greater than (a specified amount): [as prep.] the absenteeism had gone beyond 15% [as adv.] he could count up to a billion now, and beyond. 4. [prep.] to a degree or condition where a specified action is impossible: the landscape has changed beyond recognition. ∎ too much for (someone) to achieve or understand: I did something that I thought was beyond me.5. [prep.] apart from; except: there was little vegetation beyond scrub and brush.• n. (the beyond) the unknown after death: messages from the beyond.PHRASES: the back of beyondsee back.