Definition of backtrack
1 a : to retrace one's course b : to go back to an earlier point in a sequence
2 : to reverse a position
Examples of backtrack in a sentence
The hikers realized they had made a wrong turn and would have to backtrack.
Let me backtrack for a moment and pick up our previous conversation.
First Known Use of backtrack
BACKTRACK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of backtrack for English Language Learners
: to go back over a course or path
: to return to something that was mentioned before
: to completely change what you think or say about something
BACKTRACK Defined for Kids
Definition of backtrack for Students
: to go back over a course or a path
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