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behind

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adverb or adjective be·hind \bi-ˈhīnd, bē-\

Definition of behind

  1. 1a :  in the place or situation that is being or has been departed from stay behindb :  in, to, or toward the back look behind came from behindc :  later in time can spring be far behind

  2. 2a :  in a secondary or inferior positionb :  in arrears behind in the rentc :  slow

  3. 3 archaic :  still to come

Origin and Etymology of behind

Middle English behinde, from Old English behindan, from be- + hindan from behind; akin to Old English hinder behind — more at hind


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preposition be·hind

Definition of behind

  1. 1a :  in or to a place or situation in back of or to the rear of look behind you put behind barsb —used as a function word to indicate something that screens an observer the sun went behind a cloudc :  following in order marched behind the band

  2. 2 —used as a function word to indicate backwardness, delay, or deficiency behind the times behind schedule lagged behind last year's sales

  3. 3a :  in the background of the conditions behind the strikeb :  out of the mind or consideration of put our troubles behind usc :  beyond in depth or time the story behind the story go back behind St. Augustine

  4. 4a :  in support of :  on the side of solidly behind the candidateb :  with the support of won 1–0 behind brilliant pitching

Examples of behind in a Sentence

  1. The older students entered the room first with the younger students following behind them.

  2. The cat hid behind the couch.

  3. The sun went behind a cloud.

  4. They were ahead of us by 5 points earlier in the game, but now they're behind us by 7.

  5. The polls show that he is behind the other candidates.

  6. The company is now behind the competition.

  7. He was behind the other students in his studies.

Origin and Etymology of behind

Middle English behinde, behinden, from behinde, behinden, 1behind


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behind

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noun be·hind \ˈbē-ˌhīnd; bi-ˈhīnd, bē-\

Definition of behind

  1. :  buttocks —often used as a euphemism for ass in idiomatic expressions get your behind over here

Examples of behind in a Sentence

  1. kicked him in the behind

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Origin and Etymology of behind

noun derivative of 1behind


BEHIND Defined for English Language Learners

behind

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adverb

Definition of behind for English Language Learners

  • : in or toward the back

  • : in the place that someone is going away from

  • : later in time

behind

preposition

Definition of behind for English Language Learners

  • : in or to a place at the back of or to the rear of (someone or something)

  • : losing to (someone or something) in a race or competition

  • : in a less advanced position than (someone or something) : not happening or proceeding as quickly as (someone or something)

behind

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Definition of behind for English Language Learners

  • : the part of the body above the legs that is used for sitting


BEHIND Defined for Kids

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behind

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adverb be·hind \bi-ˈhīnd\

Definition of behind for Students

  1. 1 :  in a place that is being or has been left You can leave your books behind.

  2. 2 :  in, to, or toward the back look behind fall behind

  3. 3 :  not up to the general level behind in math

  4. 4 :  not keeping up to a schedule behind in his payments


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behind

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preposition be·hind

Definition of behind for Students

  1. 1 :  at or to the back of behind the door

  2. 2 :  not up to the level of Sales are behind those of last year.

  3. 3 :  out of the thoughts of Let's put our troubles behind us.

  4. 4 :  responsible for Who's behind these pranks?

  5. 5 :  in support of We're behind you all the way!



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