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British English: /bɪˈniːθ/
American English: /bəˈniθ/
When used as a preposition meaning under , beneath is translated by sotto (a) : I took shelter beneath an oak = mi rifugiai sotto una quercia; beneath his feet = sotto ai suoi piedi. - When used as an adverb, beneath is translated by sotto : the trees beneath = gli alberi sotto. - Note that sotto is the Italian translation of beneath , below and under . - For particular and figurative usages, see the entry below.


  • 1 (under) beneath the table
    sotto il tavolo
    the valley, river beneath them, you etc.
    la valle, il fiume sotto di loro, voi ecc.
    he hid his disappointment beneath a polite smile
    mascherò il suo disappunto con un sorriso garbato
    beneath the calm exterior he…
    dietro il suo aspetto calmo…
  • 2 (unworthy of)
    indegno di (person)
    it is beneath her, you etc. o her, your etc. dignity to do
    non è degno di lei, te ecc. fare


  • the apartment beneath
    l'appartamento di sotto
    the people, the cars, the trees beneath
    le persone, le macchine, gli alberi sottostanti
    the valley, river beneath
    la valle, il fiume sottostante
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