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back

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of back

  1. being at or in the part of something opposite the front part <she carried all the presents in the back door, as the children were playing in the front yard> Synonyms aft, after, hind, hinder, hindmost, posterior, rear, rearward Related Words dorsal Near Antonyms ventral Antonyms anterior, fore, forward, front, frontal




back

adverb

Synonyms and Antonyms of back

  1. 1 earlier than the present time <that's longer back than I can remember> Synonyms agone [archaic], ago, since, syne [chiefly Scottish]Antonyms hence

  2. 2 toward the opposite direction <turned back for one last comment> Synonyms about, around, backward (or backwards), roundRelated Words behind, down, downward (or downwards), rearward (also rearwards); obversely, reversely; across, athwart, counter, counterclockwise, widdershins (also withershins)Near Antonyms clockwise, deasil

  3. 3 toward the rear <staring back, the newly convicted felon vowed revenge> Synonyms backward, rearward (also rearwards)Related Words astern, sternforemost; anticlockwise [chiefly British], counterclockwise, left-handed, left-handedly, retrograde, reversely, widdershins (also withershins)Near Antonyms beforeAntonyms ahead, along, forth, forward, forwards, on, onward (also onwards)




back

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of back

  1. 1 a behind part or surface <the back of the page was blank> Synonyms rear, reverse, tailAntonyms face, forehead, forepart, front

  2. 2 a vulnerable point <a candidate needing a loyal aide who can be relied upon to always watch his back> Synonyms Achilles' heel, chink, jugular, soft spot, underbellyRelated Words downfall, ruin, undoing; hamartia, tragic flaw




back

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of back

  1. 1 to promote the interests or cause of <she enthusiastically backed the plan to renovate and upgrade the school's facilities> Synonyms advocate, support, champion, endorse (also indorse), patronize, plump (for), plunk (for) or plonk (for)Related Words adopt, embrace, espouse; abet, aid, assist, help, prop (up), second, side (with); backstop, bolster, boost, buttress, reinforce (also reenforce); advance, forward, further; plug, preach, talk up; bail out, deliver, rescue, saveNear Antonyms baffle, foil, frustrate, interfere, oppose, sabotage, thwart; desert, disappoint, fail, let down

  2. 2 to provide (someone) with what is useful or necessary to achieve an end <a number of influential people have already agreed to back the candidate> Synonyms abet, aid, assist, help, backstop, prop (up), supportRelated Words advance, ease, facilitate, forward, foster, further, launch; champion, endorse (also indorse), patronize, promote, sponsor; attend, care (for), comfort, minister (to), succor; sustain; bolster, boost, buttress, reinforce (also reenforce); advise, counsel, guide, mentor, nurture; bail out, deliver, rescue, save; embolden, encourage, hearten; benefit, favor, oblige, profit, serveNear Antonyms balk, bar, block, constrain, hamper, handicap, hold back, impede, inhibit, obstruct, restrain, strangle; baffle, foil, frustrate, inconvenience, interfere, oppose, sabotage, thwart; desert, disappoint, fail, let down; discourage, dishearten; repress, retard, stifle, straiten, stunt; damage, harm, hurt, injureAntonyms hinder

  3. 3 to provide evidence or information for (as a claim or idea) <the author needs to back her thesis with more facts> Synonyms support, bolster, buttress, corroborate, reinforce (also reenforce), shore (up), substantiateRelated Words confirm, establish, prove, verify; affirm, avouch, validateNear Antonyms undercut, undermine, weaken




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