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back adverb
1. in or to or toward a former location
  • "she went back to her parents' house"
2. at or to or toward the back or rear
Related: backward, backwards, rearward, rearwards
Antonyms: forward
  • "he moved back"
  • "tripped when he stepped backward"
  • "she looked rearward out the window of the car"
3. in or to or toward an original condition
  • "he went back to sleep"
4. in or to or toward a past time
Related: backward
Antonyms: ahead
  • "set the clocks back an hour"
  • "never look back"
  • "lovers of the past looking fondly backward"
5. in reply
  • "he wrote back three days later"
6. in repayment or retaliation
  • "we paid back everything we had borrowed"
  • "he hit me and I hit him back"
  • "I was kept in after school for talking back to the teacher"
back verb
1. (approve) be behind; approve of
Related: endorse, indorse, plump_for, plunk_for, support
  • "He plumped for the Labor Party"
  • "I backed Kennedy in 1960"
2. (travel) travel backward
  • "back into the driveway"
  • "The car backed up and hit the tree"
3. cause to travel backward
Antonyms: advance
  • "back the car into the parking spot"
4. (finance) support financial backing for
  • "back this enterprise"
5. (lie) be in back of
Antonyms: front
  • "My garage backs their yard"
6. (switch) shift to a counterclockwise direction
Antonyms: veer
  • "the wind backed"
7. (confirm) establish as valid or genuine
Related: back_up
  • "Can you back up your claims?"
8. (strengthen) strengthen by providing with a back or backing
back noun
1. (body_part) the posterior part of a human (or animal) body from the neck to the end of the spine
Related: dorsum
  • "his back was nicely tanned"
2. (position) the part of something that is furthest from the normal viewer
Related: rear
Antonyms: front
  • "he stood at the back of the stage"
  • "it was hidden in the rear of the store"
3. (football_player) (football) a person who plays in the backfield
4. (cloth_covering) the part of a garment that covers the back of your body
  • "they pinned a `kick me' sign on his back"
5. (support) a support that you can lean against while sitting
Related: backrest
  • "the back of the dental chair was adjustable"
6. (position) (American football) the position of a player on a football team who is stationed behind the line of scrimmage
second verb
1. (support) give support or one's approval to
Related: back, endorse, indorse
  • "I'll second that motion"
  • "I can't back this plan"
  • "endorse a new project"
binding noun
1. (protective_covering) the protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book
Related: book_binding, cover, back
  • "the book had a leather binding"
rear noun
1. (side) the side that goes last or is not normally seen
Related: back
Antonyms: front
  • "he wrote the date on the back of the photograph"
bet_on verb
1. (bet) place a bet on
Related: back, gage, stake, game, punt
  • "Which horse are you backing?"
  • "I'm betting on the new horse"
back(a) adjective
1. (aft(a)) related to or located at the back
Antonyms: front(a)
  • "the back yard"
  • "the back entrance"
2. located at or near the back of an animal
Related: hind, hinder
  • "back (or hind) legs"
  • "the hinder part of a carcass"
3. of an earlier date
  • "back issues of the magazine"
spinal_column noun
1. (skeletal_structure) the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord
Related: vertebral_column, spine, backbone, back, rachis
  • "the fall broke his back"
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