back·​ing | \ ˈba-kiŋ How to pronounce backing (audio) \
plural backings

Definition of backing

1 : something forming a back a tape with adhesive backing
2a : support, aid financial backing … sectarian or ethnic warlords battling for territory, with the backing of sponsors from neighboring countries.— Aparisim Ghosh
b : the music that is played along with someone who is singing or playing the main tune : the music that accompanies the lead musician … she plans to record the songs with the backing of an orchestra.— Cortney Harding
c : endorsement especially of a warrant by a magistrate

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Synonyms & Antonyms for backing


abetment, aid, assist, assistance, boost, hand, help, helping hand, leg up, lift, support



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Examples of backing in a Sentence

The tape has an adhesive backing. The project has received financial backing from several investors.

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With backing from aerospace firm Lockheed Martin, DRL wants to recruit developers from around the world, including students and drone enthusiasts. James Vincent, The Verge, "AI drone pilots will challenge humans in competition sponsored by Lockheed Martin," 5 Sep. 2018 Like a recent successful medical marijuana measure in Oklahoma, the effort in North Dakota has largely flown under the radar, with no financial backing from national drug policy groups. Christopher Ingraham,, "In North Dakota, supporters of legalizing marijuana push for vote," 12 July 2018 McCann could combine backing from social conservatives as well as supporters of President Donald Trump, in addition to union members who the governor has angered through his so-far-unsuccessful efforts to weaken organized labor. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Morning Spin: Republican state Sen. Sam McCann to enter governor race Monday, posing threat to Rauner," 25 June 2018 With backing from the likes of Swedish billionaire Jörn Rausing and former George Soros associate Nick Roditi, Steiner managed to keep spending., "Britain’s Robot Grocer Is Coming to the U.S.," 15 June 2018 Ecobank was founded in 1985 by business leaders with backing from the Economic Community of West African States, a regional bloc. The Economist, "As Western lenders retreat, African banks see an opportunity," 14 June 2018 While Morocco, as expected, obtained strong support in Africa, the United bid’s power base in Central and South America, plus some welcome backing from parts of Europe and Asia, made the difference. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "United States, Canada and Mexico win vote to host 2026 FIFA World Cup," 13 June 2018 Albums like Metropolis were for the theater kids, the ones who wanted lush operatic backing vocals with their R&B, who preferred their songs to come with a storyline. Jaya Saxena, GQ, "This Still Bangs: Janelle Monáe's "Many Moons"," 3 May 2018 California born and bred, Pompeo graduated first in his class at West Point military academy before going on to Harvard Law School, entering business with financial backing from Koch Industries, and running for the House. Nicole Gaouette, CNN, "Pompeo faces Democratic headwinds in bid to be top US diplomat," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of backing

1745, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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The first known use of backing was in 1745

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English Language Learners Definition of backing

: something that forms a back
: support or aid
: the music that is played along with someone who is singing or playing the main tune : the music that accompanies someone


back·​ing | \ ˈbak-iŋ How to pronounce backing (audio) \

Medical Definition of backing

: the metal portion of a dental crown, bridge, or similar structure to which a porcelain or plastic tooth facing is attached

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