Behind definition

bĭ-hīnd
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In, to, or toward the rear.

We walked behind.

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Slow.

My watch is running behind.

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Behind means the buttocks.

An example of a behind is the rear end.

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In arrears; late.

I fell behind in my payments.

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(archaic) Yet to come or in reserve.
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In a position or attitude of support.

The leaders have the army behind them.

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In a place or condition that has been passed or left.

I left my gloves behind.

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At the back of or in the rear of.

He sat behind her.

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Below the standard level; in or into an inferior position.

Don't fall behind in class.

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On the farther side or other side of; beyond.

The broom is behind the door.

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In or to the rear or back.

To walk behind, to look behind.

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Following at the rear of.
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Behind is the back of something or later than.

An example of behind is when the chair was placed in the back of the woman; the chair was behind her.

An example of behind is when the train arrives an hour late; the train is behind schedule.

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The definition of behind means in back, toward the rear, in a former place or late.

An example of behind is a car following another; following behind.

An example of behind is a student sitting in the last row of a class room; sitting behind the class.

An example of behind is leaving something is a place that you have already left; leaving your coat behind.

An example of behind is a late mortgage payment; being behind in a mortgage payment.

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In a place or time that has been passed or left by.

Their worries are behind them.

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In pursuit of.

The police were hard behind the escapees.

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Later than.

The plane was behind schedule.

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Used to indicate deficiency in performance.

Behind us in technological development.

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Hidden or concealed by.

Hatred hidden behind a bland smile.

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In the background of; underlying.

Behind your every action is self-interest.

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(informal) The buttocks.
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At an earlier time; in the past.

My joy lies behind.

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In a former place, condition, etc.

The girl he left behind.

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In or into a retarded state.

To drop behind in one's studies.

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In or into arrears.

To fall behind in one's dues.

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Slow in time; late.

The train was running behind.

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(archaic) In reserve; yet to come.
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Remaining after.

The dead leave their wealth behind them.

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Inferior to in position, achievement, etc.
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Later than; delayed with respect to.

To be behind schedule.

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On the other or farther side of; beyond.

Behind the hill.

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Gone by or ended for; out of the attention or concern of.

His apprenticeship was behind him.

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In the rear of; in back of.

He sat behind me.

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Supporting.

Fans solidly behind their team.

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Prompting or instigating.

The mastermind behind the plot.

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Hidden by; not yet revealed about.

There's something behind this news.

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In the circumstances surrounding or antecedent to.
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That follows, as in a line.

The person behind.

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(informal) The buttocks.
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At the back of.
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To the back of.
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After, time- or motion-wise.
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Responsible for.
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In support of.

The republicans are fully behind their candidate.

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Left a distance by, in progress or improvement; inferior to.

I'm ranked sixth in the French class, behind five other pupils.

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At the back part; in the rear.
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Toward the back part or rear; backward.

To look behind.

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My employer is two paychecks behind on paying my salary.

I'm two weeks behind in my schedule.

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Slow; of a watch or clock.

My watch is four minutes behind.

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Existing afterwards.

He left behind a legacy of death and sorrow.

He stayed behind after the war.

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Backward in time or order of succession; past.
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Behind the scenes in a theatre; backstage.
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(archaic) Not yet brought forward, produced, or exhibited to view; out of sight; remaining.
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The rear, back-end.
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(Australian rules football) A one-point score.
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(baseball, slang, 1800s) The catcher.
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In the Eton College field game, any of a group of players consisting of two "shorts" (who try to kick the ball over the bully) and a "long" (who defends the goal).
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
behind
Plural:
behinds

Origin of behind

  • Middle English bihinde from Old English behindan ko- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English behindan.

    From Wiktionary