Meaning of BEHIND in English

BEHIND

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1. at the back of something and usually hidden by it

2. the area behind the things or people in a picture, on a stage etc

RELATED WORDS

opposite

↑ FRONT

the back of something : ↑ BACK

behind someone in a race, competition etc : ↑ LOSE

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1. at the back of something and usually hidden by it

▷ behind /bɪˈhaɪnd/ [preposition/adverb]

at or towards the back of something, and often hidden by it :

▪ The sun went behind a cloud.

▪ Put a cushion behind you. You’ll feel more comfortable.

▪ I got stuck behind a truck on the way to the airport.

▷ at the back British /in (the) back American /ət ðə ˈbæk, ɪn (ðə) ˈbæk/ [preposition]

behind something, especially a building :

▪ There’s a small garden at the back.

▪ You can park your car in back.

▪ Their house has a pool in the back.

at the back of

▪ The tennis courts were at the back of the main school building.

▷ at/to the rear /ət, tə ðə ˈrɪəʳ/ [preposition] written

behind something, especially something large :

at/to the rear of

▪ They parked in a small carpark at the rear of the hotel.

▪ To the rear of the house is an old shed.

▷ round the back /ˌraʊnd ðə ˈbæk/ [preposition] British informal

to or in a place behind a building :

▪ We need to go round the back. I don’t have keys to the front door.

2. the area behind the things or people in a picture, on a stage etc

▷ background /ˈbækgraʊnd/ [countable noun]

the area behind someone or something in a picture, on a stage etc :

▪ The invitations had red lettering on a white background.

against a background

▪ The flag’s five orange stripes stand out against a silver background.

▷ in the background /ɪn ðə ˈbækgraʊnd/ [adverb]

if someone or something is in the background, it is behind the place where the main activity is happening :

▪ In the photograph, a statue of St. Andrew stood in the background.

▪ Palm trees swayed in the background.

▪ While I was on the phone with Julie, I could hear the sound of a television in the background.

▷ backdrop /ˈbækdrɒpǁ-drɑːp/ [countable noun usually singular]

the things such as buildings, hills or mountains that are behind something that you are looking at :

▪ The snow-covered Rocky Mountains made a wonderful backdrop for the concert.

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