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backward

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adverb back·ward \ˈbak-wərd\
variants: or

backwards

play \-wərdz\

Definition of backward

  1. 1a :  toward the back or rear She glanced backward over her shoulder.b :  with the back foremost Take three steps backward.

  2. 2a :  in a reverse or contrary direction or way Count backward from 10.b :  toward the past a journey backward in timec :  toward a worse state His new job felt like a step backward.

bend over backward

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lean over backward

  1. :  to make extreme efforts (as at concession) He said he would bend over backward to make the deal.

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.

First Known Use of backward

14th century


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backward

adjective back·ward

Definition of backward

  1. 1a :  directed or turned toward the back a backward glanceb :  done or executed backward a backward somersault

  2. 2 :  diffident, shy I have been backward to begin my canvass. — Edmund Burke

  3. 3 :  retarded in development a technologically backward village

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

First Known Use of backward

14th century


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backward

noun back·ward

Definition of backward

  1. :  the part behind or past … the dark backward … of time … — Shakespeare

First Known Use of backward

1610



BACKWARD Defined for English Language Learners

backward

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adverb

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

backward

adjective

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\
variants: or

backwards

\-wərdz\

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


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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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