Definition of "behind" []

  • In, to, or toward the rear: We walked behind. (adverb)
  • In a place or condition that has been passed or left: I left my gloves behind. (adverb)
  • In arrears; late: I fell behind in my payments. (adverb)
  • Below the standard level; in or into an inferior position: Don't fall behind in class. (adverb)
  • Slow: My watch is running behind. (adverb)
  • In or to a position further back than; at the rear of; at the back of (preposition)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • In the past in relation to (preposition)
  • Late according to; not keeping up with (preposition)
  • Concerning the circumstances surrounding (preposition)
  • Backing or supporting (preposition)
  • In or to a position further back; following (adverb)
  • Remaining after someone's departure (adverb)
  • In debt; in arrears (adverb)
  • In a position further back; retarded (adjective)
  • The buttocks (noun)
  • 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) (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "behind" in a sentence
  • "These nurses were allowed to go to South Africa on the understanding that they would work behind the lines, but, as guerrilla warfare developed, women in nursing capacities found themselves unable to remain “behind the lines."
  • ""He got it close, and from behind -- _from behind_ do you hear?""
  • "Why, you're worth [_Crossing behind table, stands behind_ LAURA.] that and a whole lot more."