Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

leave behind - definition and synonyms

Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theyleave behind
he/she/itleaves behind
present participleleaving behind
past tenseleft behind
past participleleft behind
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    leave someone/something behind to increase the distance by which you are ahead of someone or something
    The other climbers were fitter and more experienced and I was worried I’d get left behind.
  2. 3
    to deliberately not think about something, especially an unpleasant experience, and not let it affect what you do in the future
    a young woman trying to leave behind a difficult adolescence
  3. 4
    to not take someone or something with you when you go somewhere
    He had to leave his family behind in Chile.
    1. a.
      leave someone/something behind to forget to take someone or something with you
      It wasn’t until she was halfway home that she realized that she’d left her purse behind.
See also main entry: leave

brinner

a meal served in the evening which consists of foods traditionally eaten at breakfast

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

troll factory

a company that pays its employees to write online comments in favour or against somebody or something posing as ordinary Internet users

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog