Definition of behind adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bɪˈhaɪnd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈhaɪnd//
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  1. 1  at or towards the back of somebody/something; further back She rode off down the road with the dog running behind. The others are a long way behind. He was shot from behind as he ran away. I had fallen so far behind that it seemed pointless trying to catch up.
  2. 2  in the place where somebody/something is or was I was told to stay behind after school (= remain in school). This bag was left behind after the class.
  3. 3  late in paying money or completing work behind (with something) She's fallen behind with the payments. behind (in something) He was terribly behind in his work.
  4. Word OriginOld English behindan, bihindan, from bi ‘by’ + hindan ‘from behind’.
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