beside /bɪˈsʌɪd/


I. preposition

1. at the side of; next to

he sat beside me in the front seat
the table beside the bed.
2. compared with

beside Paula she always felt clumsy.
3. in addition to; apart from

he commissioned work from other artists beside Minton.
II. phrases

1. beside oneself
overcome with worry, grief, or anger; distraught

she was beside herself with rage.
2. beside the point
see point.
– origin Old English be sīdan (adverb) ‘by the side’ (see by, side). / usage: 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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