leave behind



leave behind (third-person singular simple present leaves behind, present participle leaving behind, simple past and past participle left behind)

  1. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see leave,‎ behind.
  2. (transitive, idiomatic) To abandon.
    We left behind our luggage at the hotel.
    How could you leave me behind like that?
  3. (transitive, idiomatic) To forget about.
    We (accidentally) left behind our bags at the airport.
  4. (transitive, idiomatic) To not live longer than; to be survived by.
    Mrs Johnston died at thirty, and left behind three young daughters.
  5. (transitive, idiomatic) To leave (a trace of something).
    The wound I got in my car accident left behind a massive scar.
    Unfortunately, this cleaning product leaves behind a noticeable residue.
  6. (transitive, idiomatic) To outdo; to progress faster than (someone or something else).
    This product leaves behind all its competitors in the market.
  7. (transitive) To pass.
    As soon as we made our way onto the highway, we left the skyscrapers behind us.