recede implies a gradual withdrawing from a forward or high fixed point in time or space.
the flood waters gradually receded
retreat implies withdrawal from a point or position reached.
retract implies drawing back from an extended position.
a cat retracting its claws
back is used with up, down, out, or off to refer to any retrograde motion.
backed off on the throttle
Examples of back in a Sentence
She was carrying her little daughter on her back.
She has a pain in the small of her back.
I slapped him on his back to congratulate him.
She stabbed him in the back.
He had his hands behind his back.
a bird with a dark back
riding on the back of a horse
a comfortable chair with a padded backAdverb
The soldiers moved back from the front lines.
The police asked the crowd to move back from the scene of the accident.
He left his friends two miles back.
She turned around and looked back toward him.
a chapter beginning several pages back
He left his home and never went back.
It's time to go back home.
She took the book off the shelf and forgot to put it back.
In the opening chapter the author looks back on his youth.
an event back in the last century Adjective
He keeps his wallet in his back pocket.
We came in through the back entrance.
We drove on the back roads instead of the main roads.
The company owes him several months in back pay. Verb
I'm backing him for President.
She backed the winner of the race and won a lot of money.
She backed her argument with written evidence.
She backed the singer on the guitar.
She backed into a parking space.
She backed out of the garage.
The dog kept growling but backed off cautiously. back a skirt with stiff materialSee More
Recent Examples on the Web
According to the school, one was shot in the back and another was shot in the chest.—NBC News, 27 Nov. 2023 Also Read John Oates Releases ‘Pushin’ A Rock’ as New Face of Movember Campaign
Hall, 77, and Oates, 75, last performed together in October 2022, and Hall has spent the past two years touring solo and promoting his Oates-less back catalog.—Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 25 Nov. 2023 Though almost invisible from the street behind a high wall and secured gates, the 4,900-square-foot home stands three stories at the back, with a beach-facing covered balcony spanning the full width of the house on each floor.—Mark David, Robb Report, 24 Nov. 2023 The low-impact top features slim spaghetti straps that form a Y in the back, as well as removable cups that provide light support that’s best for cup sizes A through C.—Lauren Taylor, Southern Living, 23 Nov. 2023 Many churches and leaders turned their backs on him.—Meagan Jordan, Rolling Stone, 23 Nov. 2023 Kyle Orland Switching games on that 10-in-1 cartridge involves flipping a bunch of tiny dip switches on the back.—Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 22 Nov. 2023 Running back Sire Gaines is an explosive back for Orange Vista.—Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2023 At the makeshift studio, Vince stood at the back suggesting poses.—Geddy Lee, Rolling Stone, 14 Nov. 2023
And the aunt of Roni Krivoi, released on Sunday after getting kidnapped by Hamas from a music festival, told Israeli public radio station Reshet Bet that her nephew managed to escape from his captors, but local residents captured him and handed him back to Hamas.—Gabe Joselow, NBC News, 27 Nov. 2023 The gunmen tried to beat down the door to the safe room before exiting the ship and making their way back to the shores of Yemen.—Bradford Betz, Fox News, 27 Nov. 2023 Better yet, seven pairs of panties will only set you back $35.—Malia Griggs, Glamour, 27 Nov. 2023 The Japanese fashion designer pulls back the curtain on his creative process.—Alexa Brazilian, New York Times, 27 Nov. 2023 Former President Trump's lawyers will call him back to the stand to testify in his New York civil fraud trial on Dec. 11, the attorneys said Monday.—Kathryn Watson, CBS News, 27 Nov. 2023 The storm will have mostly moved off of the Northeast by Monday morning as people head back to school and work, with the exception of leftover rain in northern New England.—Daniel Amarante, ABC News, 26 Nov. 2023 Steven Cheung, a Trump spokesperson, pushed back in a in a statement this week.—Libby Cathey, ABC News, 15 Nov. 2023 Avengers: The Kang Dynasty was supposed to premiere in May 2025, but was pushed back to May 2026 after the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.—Cheyenne Roundtree, Rolling Stone, 15 Nov. 2023
Broden made a spectacular grab at the back line against tight coverage, managing to get a foot inbounds to give Arkansas the 10-point lead with 48 seconds left in the half.—Tom Murphy, arkansasonline.com, 28 Nov. 2023 The German picked up a back knock on international duty earlier this month, and was forced to sit out Saturday's 1-1 draw at Rayo Vallecano which has left the Catalans four points off leaders Real Madrid and fourth place in the La Liga table.—Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 For her, being in the house brought back happy memories: carving pumpkins on newspapers spread out over the kitchen floor; camping on the back deck in a My Little Pony tent; hiking through the nearby woods with her mother.—Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, 27 Nov. 2023 The back slip is a clever feature that slides seamlessly onto the back of your suitcase, ensuring efficient and hassle-free travel.—Poppy Morgan, Rolling Stone, 27 Nov. 2023 My husband, who is primarily a back sleeper, is also a fan and planning on getting his own.—Megan Schaltegger, Peoplemag, 22 Nov. 2023 Wemlinger suggests bringing both materials into a single item, such as mixing moire with a large-scale peony print on a chair’s seat and back upholstery, or mingling materials in one small area of a room.—Kristina McGuirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Nov. 2023 Its zest adds a jolt to the gentle spices of the hot dog — detectable in the vegetarian option as well — resulting in a dynamic blend of flavors to fuel a round of pinball at one of the old-school machines lining Lyman’s back hall.—Sonia Rao, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2023 Each storefront has its own characters who live and work there, with their own back stories to tell.—Dan Rys, Billboard, 15 Nov. 2023
Key Background On Tuesday, Haley received the endorsement of Americans for Prosperity Action, the super PAC backed by billionaire Charles Koch.—Ana Faguy, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 Over 100 countries have backed this deal, officials told Reuters, but countries including China and India are not yet fully on board.—Reuters, NBC News, 29 Nov. 2023 At that time, gruesome and threatening images had started to surface in the online community backing Snyder, whose original 2017 Justice League release was unfavorably received.—Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 29 Nov. 2023 The influential conservative activist group backed by billionaire Charles Koch -- long thought to be a Republican kingmaker -- now plans to pour millions of dollars into a ground game supporting her candidacy.—Nicholas Kerr, ABC News, 29 Nov. 2023 But some politicians have suggested widening bans on Chinese students, and in some polls, a majority of Americans backed limiting Chinese students.—Vivian Wang, New York Times, 28 Nov. 2023 Notably, it was also backed by 94% of younger women, 84% of suburban women, 99% of Black women, and 92% of typically low turnout Gen Z and millennial voters.—Glamour, 28 Nov. 2023 Other music groups and CMOs backing IMPALA’s call for action include Adami in France, the Swedish Musicians’ Union, Belgium’s PlayRight and the German Federation of Musicians.—Richard Smirke, Billboard, 28 Nov. 2023 Jenner backed Lawrence up on her latest makeup looks.—Kelly Wynne, Peoplemag, 27 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Old English bæc; akin to Old High German bah back, Old Norse bak