Meaning of “leave behind something/someone” in the English Dictionary

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"leave behind something/someone" in American English

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leave behind something/someone

phrasal verb with leave us /liv/ verb past tense and past participle left /left/

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)