behind Meaning, definition in Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "behind" - English Dictionary

See all translations

behindpreposition, adverb

uk   us   /bɪˈhaɪnd/
A1 at the back (of): Look behind you! I hung my coat behind the door. Alex led, and I followed along behind.mainly UK As hard as she tried, she always fell behind the other swimmers in the races.figurative I knew that behind (= hidden by) her smile was sadness.
More examples

behindadverb

uk   us   /bɪˈhaɪnd/

behind adverb (PLACE)

B1 in the place where someone or something was before: I was annoyed to discover that I'd left my bag behind. After the party a few people stayed behind to help clean up.

behind adverb (SLOWER)

C1 slower or later than someone else, or than you should be: The old woman was behind with (= late paying) the rent.

behindpreposition

uk   us   /bɪˈhaɪnd/
C1 responsible for or the cause of: He wondered what was behind his neighbour's sudden friendliness. Marie Curie was the woman behind enormous changes in the science of chemistry.

behindnoun [C]

uk   us   /bɪˈhaɪnd/ informal
the part of the body on which a person sits: He tripped and fell on his behind. Why don't you get off your behind (= stand up) and do something!
Synonym
(Definition of behind from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of behind?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “behind” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
field event

a sports event in which athletes take part one after the other rather than racing or competing together

Word of the Day

Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
by Kate Woodford,
July 29, 2015
A reader of this blog recently asked for a post on idioms that are used in everyday English. This seemed like a reasonable request. After all, if you are going to make the effort to learn a set of English idioms, you want those idioms to be useful. The question, then, was

Read More 

exoskeleton noun
exoskeleton noun
July 27, 2015
a robotic device which goes around the legs and part of the body of a person who cannot walk and allows them to move independently and in an upright position The device, known as an exoskeleton, is strapped to the outside of a person’s limbs and can then be controlled by them.

Read More