Thesaurus

back

Synonyms and Antonyms of back

being at or in the part of something opposite the front part

  • she carried all the presents in the back door, as the children were playing in the front yard
Synonyms of back
Words Related to back
Near Antonyms of back
Antonyms of back


back

Synonyms and Antonyms of back

1 earlier than the present time

  • that's longer back than I can remember
Synonyms of back

ago, agone [archaic], since, syne [chiefly Scottish]

Antonyms of back

2 toward the opposite direction

  • turned back for one last comment
Synonyms of back
Words Related to back
Near Antonyms of back

3 toward the rear

  • concert security asked the crowd to move back
Synonyms of back
Words Related to back
Near Antonyms of back
Antonyms of back


back

Synonyms and Antonyms of back

1 a behind part or surface

  • the back of the page was blank
Synonyms of back
Antonyms of back

2 a vulnerable point

  • a candidate needing a loyal aide who can be relied upon to always watch his back
Synonyms of back
Words Related to back


back

Synonyms and Antonyms of back

1 to promote the interests or cause of

  • she enthusiastically backed the plan to renovate and upgrade the school's facilities
Synonyms of back
Words Related to back
Phrases Synonymous with back

go in for, go to bat for, hold a brief for, stand up for, stick up for

Near Antonyms of back

2 to provide (someone) with what is useful or necessary to achieve an end

  • a number of influential people have already agreed to back the candidate
Synonyms of back
Words Related to back
Phrases Synonymous with back

bear a hand, to stand one in good stead

Near Antonyms of back
Antonyms of back

3 to provide evidence or information for (as a claim or idea)

  • the author needs to back her thesis with more facts
Synonyms of back
Words Related to back
Near Antonyms of back

Synonym Discussion of back

support, uphold, advocate, back, champion mean to favor actively one that meets opposition. support is least explicit about the nature of the assistance given.
    • supports waterfront development
uphold implies extended support given to something attacked.
    • upheld the legitimacy of the military action
advocate stresses urging or pleading.
    • advocated prison reform
back suggests supporting by lending assistance to one failing or falling.
    • refusing to back the call for sanctions
champion suggests publicly defending one unjustly attacked or too weak to advocate his or her own cause.
    • championed the rights of children


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up back? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

something that serves to warn or remind

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!