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quarterback

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noun quar·ter·back \ˈkwȯ(r)-tər-ˌbak\

Definition of quarterback

  1. 1 :  an offensive back in football who usually lines up behind the center, calls the signals, and directs the offensive play of the team

  2. 2 :  one who directs and leads

1879

First Known Use of quarterback

1879


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quarterback

verb quar·ter·back

Definition of quarterback

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to direct the offensive play of (as a football team)

  3. 2 :  to give executive direction to :  boss <quarterbacked the original buying syndicate — Time>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to play quarterback

Examples of quarterback in a sentence

  1. He quarterbacked his high school team.

  2. She quarterbacked the company's latest ad campaign.

1944

First Known Use of quarterback

1944


QUARTERBACK Defined for English Language Learners

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quarterback

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noun quar·ter·back \ˈkwȯ(r)-tər-ˌbak\

Definition of quarterback for English Language Learners

  • American football : a player who leads a team's attempts to score usually by passing the ball to other players


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quarterback

verb quar·ter·back

Definition of quarterback for English Language Learners

  • American football : to play the position of quarterback for (a team)

  • : to lead or organize (something) by making important decisions


QUARTERBACK Defined for Kids

quarterback

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noun quar·ter·back \ˈkwȯr-tər-ˌbak\

Definition of quarterback for Students

  1. :  a football player who leads a team's attempts to score usually by passing the ball to other players



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