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quarterback

noun quar·ter·back \ ˈkwȯ(r)-tər-ˌbak \
Updated on: 20 May 2018

Definition of quarterback

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 : one who directs and leads

Recent Examples of quarterback from the Web

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First Known Use of quarterback

1879

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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quarterback

verb

Definition of quarterback

1 : to direct the offensive play of
  • quarterback a football team
2 : to give executive direction to : boss
  • quarterbacked the original buying syndicate
  • Time
: 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.

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First Known Use of quarterback

1892

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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QUARTERBACK Defined for English Language Learners

quarterback

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


quarterback

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

noun quar·ter·back \ ˈkwȯr-tər-ˌbak \

Definition of quarterback for Students

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


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