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English adjective: behind

1. behind having the lower score or lagging position in a contest

SamplesBehind by two points.
The 8th inning found the home team trailing.



English noun: behind

1. behind (body) the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on

SamplesHe deserves a good kick in the butt.
Are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?.

Synonymsarse, ass, backside, bottom, bum, buns, butt, buttocks, can, derriere, fanny, fundament, hind end, hindquarters, keister, nates, posterior, prat, rear, rear end, rump, seat, stern, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush

Broader (hypernym)body part

Part meronymbody, torso, trunk

English adverb: behind

1. behind in or to or toward the rear

SamplesHe followed behind.
Seen from behind, the house is more imposing than it is from the front.
The final runners were far behind.

2. behind remaining in a place or condition that has been left or departed from

SamplesWhen he died he left much unfinished work behind.
Left a large family behind.
The children left their books behind.
He took off with a squeal of tires and left the other cars far behind.

3. behind of timepieces

SamplesThe clock is almost an hour slow.
My watch is running behind.


4. behind in or into an inferior position

SamplesFell behind in his studies.
Their business was lagging behind in the competition for customers.

5. behind in debt

SamplesHe fell behind with his mortgage payments.
A month behind in the rent.
A company that has been run behindhand for years.
In arrears with their utility bills.

Synonymsbehindhand, in arrears

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