WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
be•hind /bɪˈhaɪnd/USA pronunciation   prep. 
  1. at or toward the rear of: Look behind the house.
  2. later than;
    after: already well behind schedule.
  3. in the state of making less progress than: fallen behind our opponents.
  4. on the farther side of;
    beyond: right there, behind the mountain ahead of us.
  5. in a role of supporting:Are you behind me in this?
  6. hidden by: a great deal of hatred behind that smile of hers.
  7. responsible for starting or operating (something):Who was behind all these rumors?
  8. having had (experience, etc.) in a time already passed:twenty years' experience behind him.

  1. at or toward the rear;
    rearward: to lag behind.
  2. in a place or stage already passed:left our bad times behind.
  3. slow;
    late: several months behind in her rent.

adj. [be + ~]
  1. late;
    not on schedule:I'm way behind now; can I call you back later?

n. [countable]
  1. Informal Terms Informal. the backside;

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
be•hind  (bi hīnd),USA pronunciation prep. 
  1. at or toward the rear of:Look behind the house.
  2. not keeping up with, later than;
    after:behind schedule.
  3. in the state of making less progress than:We can't afford to fall behind our competitors.
  4. on the farther side of;
    beyond:behind the mountain.
  5. originating, supporting, or promoting:Who's behind this program?
  6. hidden or unrevealed by:Malice lay behind her smile.
  7. at the controls of:behind the wheel of a car.

  1. at or toward the rear;
    rearward:to lag behind.
  2. in a place, state, or stage already passed.
  3. in arrears;
    behindhand:to be behind in one's rent.
  4. slow, as a watch or clock:more than 20 minutes behind.
  5. as a cause or often latent feature of:Behind their harassment lay the traditional fear of foreigners.
  6. in a situation that exists afterward:The victim left behind a large family.
  7. [Archaic.]in reserve;
    to come:Greater support is yet behind.

  1. following:the man behind.

  1. Informal Termsthe buttocks.
  • bef. 900; Middle English behinde(n), Old English behindan; for adverb, adverbial suffix -an compare before. See be-, hind1
    • 1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Behind, after both refer to a position following something else.
      Behind applies primarily to position in space, and suggests that one person or thing is at the back of another;
      it may also refer to (a fixed) time:He stood behind the chair. You are behind the appointed time.After applies primarily to time;
      when it denotes position in space, it is not used with precision, and refers usually to bodies in motion:Rest after a hard day's work. They entered the room, one after another.
    See  back1. 

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behind /bɪˈhaɪnd/ prep
  1. in or to a position further back than; at the rear of; at the back of
  2. in the past in relation to: I've got the exams behind me now
  3. late according to; not keeping up with: running behind schedule
  4. concerning the circumstances surrounding: the reasons behind his departure
  1. in or to a position further back; following
  2. remaining after someone's departure: he left it behind
  3. in debt; in arrears: to fall behind with payments
  1. (postpositive) in a position further back; retarded: the man behind prodded me
  1. informal the buttocks
  2. a score of one point made by kicking the ball over the behind line between a goalpost and one of the smaller outer posts (behind posts)
Etymology: Old English behindan

'behind' also found in these entries:
Collocations: behind the [bushes, sofa, house], has a very [nice, soft, firm, big] behind, is behind [in math, on the project], more...

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