Definition of backtrack
1a : to retrace one's courseb : 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.
Recent Examples of backtrack from the Web
The movie backtracks to take up parallel narratives.
French theater owners protested and festival organizers hastily backtracked, saying that in the future any movies not released theatrically in France would be barred from competition.
The other two frontrunners, Kelly Kraft and J.T. Poston, backtracked Friday morning with rounds of 73 and 76, respectively.
What was once a 40-minute drive to Carmel-by-the-Sea for Big Sur residents has become a four-hour test of sanity for commuters who have to backtrack around mountains and up major highways clogged with other traffic.
The activists were protesting HP’s alleged backtracking on its commitment to eliminate toxic chemicals from its products by the end of the year.
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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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