1. phrasal verb If you leave someone or something behind, you go away permanently from them. [V n P] ⇒ Many of the women had left their husbands behind and they told of their fears that they may never see them again. [V P n] ⇒ We hear of women who run away, leaving behind their homes and families. 2. phrasal verb If you leave behind an object or a situation, it remains after you have left a place. [V n P] ⇒ I don't want to leave anything behind. [V P n] ⇒ A misty rain in the morning had left behind a coolness that would stay for hours. 3. phrasal verb → leave If a person, country, or organization is left behind, they remain at a lower level than others because they are not as quick at understanding things or developing. [be V-ed P] ⇒ We're going to be left behind by the rest of the world. [get V-ed P] ⇒ I got left behind at school with the maths. [V n P] ⇒ Inflation has left them way behind.
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