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backward

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adverb back·ward \ˈbak-wərd\

Definition of backward

  1. 1 a :  toward the back b :  with the back foremost

  2. 2 a :  in a reverse or contrary direction or way b :  toward the past c :  toward a worse state

bend over backward

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lean over backward

  1. :  to make extreme efforts (as at concession)

Examples of backward in a sentence

  1. a sudden movement backward, not forward

  2. I heard a noise behind me and glanced backward.

  3. He pushed the throttle backward.

  4. She took a small step backward.

  5. a journey backward in time

  6. The narrative moves backward and forward in time.

14th Century

First Known Use of backward

14th century

Variants of backward

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backwards

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backward

adjective back·ward

Definition of backward

  1. 1 a :  directed or turned backward b :  done or executed backward

  2. 2 :  diffident, shy

  3. 3 :  retarded in development

backwardly

adverb

backwardness

noun

Examples of backward in a sentence

  1. a technologically backward village that has no running water

  2. <a backward turn on ice skates is hard to learn because you can't see where you're going>

14th Century

First Known Use of backward

14th century


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backward

noun back·ward

Definition of backward

  1. :  the part behind or past

1610

First Known Use of backward

1610



BACKWARD Defined for English Language Learners

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backward

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adverb back·ward \ˈbak-wərd\

Definition of backward for English Language Learners

  • : toward the back : to or toward what is behind

  • : opposite to the usual way : in reverse

  • : toward the past


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backward

adjective back·ward

Definition of backward for English Language Learners

  • : directed or turned toward the back

  • : done backward

  • : behind others : not as advanced as others in learning or development


BACKWARD Defined for Kids

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backward

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adverb back·ward \ˈbak-wərd\

Definition of backward for Students

  1. 1 :  toward the back <look backward>

  2. 2 :  with the back first <ride backward>

  3. 3 :  opposite to the usual way <count backward>

Variants of backward

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backwards

\-wərdz\

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backward

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adjective back·ward

Definition of backward for Students

  1. 1 :  turned toward the back <He wears a backward baseball cap.>

  2. 2 :  done backward <a backward flip>

  3. 3 :  not as advanced in learning and development as others <Perhaps the strange language made him appear more backward than he really was … — Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped>



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