Definition of beside in English:


Line breaks: be¦side
Pronunciation: /bɪˈsʌɪd


  • 2In addition to; apart from: he commissioned work from other artists beside Minton
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    • There are two other artists beside myself that I would like to incorporate into the fabric of my discussion.
    • You only give respect to people who respect others beside themselves.
    • My 1 year old son has no contact with other children beside his sister!


beside oneself

Overcome with worry, grief, or anger; distraught: she was beside herself with rage
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  • Their friends and family are beside themselves with worry and grief, and not having any power to do anything to ease the situation is incredibly frustrating.
  • Of course, as you can imagine, all the neighbouring nursery owners (this is a big area for horticulture) were beside themselves with worry.
  • Parents were beginning to arrive here at the gates, absolutely horrified, beside themselves with worry.
distraught, overcome, out of one's mind, frantic, desperate, distracted, not knowing what to do with oneself, at one's wits' end, frenzied, in a frenzy; hysterical, unhinged, mad, crazed, berserk, demented; emotional, wound up, worked up, fraught

beside the point

see point.


Old English be sīdan (adverb) 'by the side' (see by, side).


Some people say that beside should not be used to mean ‘apart from’ and that besides should be used instead ( he commissioned work from other artists besides Minton rather than he commissioned work from other artists beside Minton ). Although there is little logical basis for such a view, and in standard English both beside and besides are used for this sense, it is worth being aware of the potential ambiguity in the use of beside: beside the cold meat, there are platters of trout and salmon means either ‘the cold meat is next to the trout and salmon’ or ‘apart from the cold meat, there are also trout and salmon’.

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