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behindpreposition, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /bɪˈhɑɪnd/

behind preposition, adverb [not gradable] (IN BACK OF)

in or to the back (of): The ​sun came out from behind the ​clouds. He ​opened the ​door and went in, ​pulling it ​shut behind him. A ​policecarpulled up behind us. I ​realized I’d ​left my ​umbrella behind (= in the ​place I had ​left). Behind can also ​meanresponsible for or causing: What was the ​motive behind the ​bombing?

behindnoun [C]

 us   /bɪˈhɑɪnd/ infml

behind noun [C] (BODY PART)

the ​part of the ​body on which a ​personsits; the ​buttocks
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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.
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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 ​helpclean 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 ​suddenfriendliness. Marie Curie was the woman behind ​enormouschanges in the ​science of ​chemistry.

behindnoun [C]

uk   us   /bɪˈhaɪnd/ informal
the ​part of the ​body on which a ​personsits: He ​tripped and ​fell on his behind. Why don't you get offyour behind (= ​stand up) and do something!
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(Definition of behind from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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behindadverb

uk   us   /bɪˈhaɪnd/
be/fall/get behind in/on/with sth to be late in ​paying a ​regularamount of ​money or in completing ​work: They ​offeradvice to ​people who have ​fallen behind on their ​mortgagepayments. He ​lost his ​job and ​fell behind with his ​rent. The ​company is an unacceptable six months behind in ​payingsuppliers and ​vendors.

behindpreposition

uk   us   /bɪˈhaɪnd/
less ​successful, or making less ​progress than someone or something else: BMW ​ranks only 14th among the world's automakers, ​ahead of Mazda and behind Mitsubishi in ​globalunitsales. The company's ​poorperformanceleaves it ​lagging 30% behind the ​averagepensionfund over the past 18 months.
responsible for causing something: Such ​thinking was the drivingforce behind the company's ​success. They ​suspected that something more significant might be behind the ​rise in ​shareprices. She has ​shares in the ​company behind the ​hittelevision gameshow.
be behind sb/sth to ​support someone in what they are doing: He has the ​support of the whole ​company - we're all behind him. I'm 100% behind the ​project.
behind schedule movingslower or ​happening later than the ​plannedtime: The ​cancellation came after the ​project was millions of ​dollars over ​budget and months behind ​schedule.
(Definition of behind from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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