behind

I [[t]bɪha͟ɪnd[/t]] PREPOSITION AND ADVERB USES
(In addition to the uses shown below, behind is also used in a few phrasal verbs, such as `fall behind' and `lie behind'.)
1) PREP If something is behind a thing or person, it is on the other side of them from you, or nearer their back rather than their front.

I put one of the cushions behind his head...

They were parked behind the truck...

The moon disappeared behind a cloud.

Ant:
in front of
ADV: usu n ADV, from ADV
Behind is also an adverb.

Rising into the hills behind are 800 acres of parkland... She was attacked from behind.

2) PREP If you are walking or travelling behind someone or something, you are following them.

Keith wandered along behind him...

Myra and Sam and the children were driving behind them.

Ant:
in front of
ADV: ADV after v
Behind is also an adverb.

The troopers followed behind, every muscle tensed for the sudden gunfire.

3) PREP If someone is behind a desk, counter, or bar, they are on the other side of it from where you are.

The colonel was sitting behind a cheap wooden desk...

He could just about see the little man behind the counter.

Ant:
in front of
4) PREP: PREP pron When you shut a door or gate behind you, you shut it after you have gone through it.

I walked out and closed the door behind me...

He slammed the gate shut behind him.

5) PREP The people, reason, or events behind a situation are the causes of it or are responsible for it.

It is still not clear who was behind the killing...

He is embarrassed about the motives behind his decision.

6) PREP: PREP pron If something or someone is behind you, they support you and help you.

He had the state's judicial power behind him.

7) PREP If you refer to what is behind someone's outside appearance, you are referring to a characteristic which you cannot immediately see or is not obvious, but which you think is there.

What lay behind his anger was really the hurt he felt at Grace's refusal...

Behind the smiling eyes lurks the evil that led her to murder the two babies in her care.

8) PREP If you are behind someone, you are less successful than them, or have done less or advanced less.

She finished second behind the American, Ann Cody, in the 800 metres...

Food production has already fallen behind the population growth.

Ant:
ahead of
ADV-GRADED: be ADV, ADV after v
Behind is also an adverb.

The rapid development of technology means that she is now far behind, and will need retraining... The accounts are more than three months behind.

9) PREP: PREP pron If an experience is behind you, it happened in your past and will not happen again, or no longer affects you.

Maureen put the nightmare behind her...

He will attempt to put behind him the misery of failing to win a medal in his individual event.

10) PREP: have/with n PREP pron If you have a particular achievement behind you, you have managed to reach this achievement, and other people consider it to be important or valuable.

He has 20 years of loyal service to Barclays Bank behind him...

Birgit was a popular actress with half a decade of filmmaking behind her.

11) PREP: oft n PREP n If something is behind schedule, it is not as far advanced as people had planned. If someone is behind schedule, they are not progressing as quickly at something as they had planned.

The work is 22 weeks behind schedule...

We were two months behind schedule, and already over budget.

Ant:
ahead of
12) ADV: ADV after v If you stay behind, you remain in a place after other people have gone.

As women were not permitted in the war zone, Eleanor would have to stay behind...

About 1,200 personnel will remain behind to take care of the air base.

13) ADV: ADV after v If you leave something or someone behind, you do not take them with you when you go.

The rebels fled into the mountains, leaving behind their weapons and supplies...

He came to Saudi Arabia, leaving behind his wife and their three children.

14) do something behind someone's backsee back
behind barssee bar
behind the scenessee scene
behind the timessee time
II [[t]bɪha͟ɪnd[/t]] NOUN USE
behinds
N-COUNT
Your behind is the part of your body that you sit on.
Syn:

English dictionary. 2008.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Behind — Daten zum Spiel Autor Michael Palm, Sebastian Jakob Grafik Eckhardt Freytag, Volkan Baga, Franz Vohwinkel u.a. Verlag Fishtank (Ravensburger) Erscheinungsjahr 2003 Art …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • behind — [bē hīnd′, bihīnd′] adv. [ME bihinden < OE behindan: see BE & HIND1] 1. in or to the rear or back [to walk behind, to look behind] 2. at an earlier time; in the past [my joy lies behind] 3. in a former place, condition, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Behind — Be*hind , adv. 1. At the back part; in the rear. I shall not lag behind. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Toward the back part or rear; backward; as, to look behind. [1913 Webster] 3. Not yet brought forward, produced, or exhibited to view; out of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • behind — [adv1/prep1] position farther back; following abaft, after, afterwards, at the heels of*, at the rear of, back of, bringing up the rear*, eating the dust*, in the background, in the wake, later than, next, off the pace, subsequently, trailing;… …   New thesaurus

  • Behind — Be*hind , prep. [AS. behindan; pref. be + hindan. See {Hind}, a.] 1. On the side opposite the front or nearest part; on the back side of; at the back of; on the other side of; as, behind a door; behind a hill. [1913 Webster] A tall Brabanter,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • behind — (adv.) O.E. behindan behind, after, from bi by + hindan from behind (see HIND (Cf. hind) (adj.)). The prepositional sense emerged in Old English. Euphemistic noun meaning backside of a person is from 1786. Phrase behind the times is from 1905.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • behind in — (something) not finished at the expected time. Jed was behind in school and didn t graduate with the other kids his age …   New idioms dictionary

  • Behind — Be*hind , n. The backside; the rump. [Low] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • behind — index back (in arrears), delinquent (overdue) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • behind — *after Antonyms: ahead …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • behind — ► PREPOSITION & ADVERB 1) at or to the back or far side of. 2) further back than other members of a moving group. 3) in support of. 4) responsible for (an event or plan). 5) less advanced than. 6) late in accomplishing or paying something. 7) …   English terms dictionary


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.