American English

Definition of behind adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1at or toward the back of someone or something; farther 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 trying to catch up seemed pointless.
  2. 2in the place where someone or something is or was I was told to stay behind after school (= remain in school). This bag was left behind after the class.
  3. 3late in paying money or completing work behind (with something) She has fallen behind with the payments. behind (in something) He was really behind in his work.
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