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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theyleave behind
he/she/itleaves behind
present participleleaving behind
past tenseleft behind
past participleleft behind
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  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. 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.
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