backtrack

verb back·track \ ˈbak-ˌtrak \
Updated on: 14 Apr 2018

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

  1. The hikers realized they had made a wrong turn and would have to backtrack.

  2. Let me backtrack for a moment and pick up our previous conversation.

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First Known Use of backtrack

1870

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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BACKTRACK Defined for English Language Learners

backtrack

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

backtrack

verb back·track \ ˈbak-ˌtrak \

Definition of backtrack for Students

backtracked; backtracking
: to go back over a course or a path


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