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English definition of “leave behind something/someone”

leave behind something/someone

verb phrasal verb with leave  /liv/ (past tense and past participle left  /left/) us  
to go away and not take something or someone with you: The flood victims were forced to leave behind family photos and mementos. We left him behind to continue to help out. He left behind a wife and six-year-old twin boys (= He died but they are still living).
(Definition of leave behind something/someone from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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