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back

adverb

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(Entry 1 of 5)

1 earlier than the present time
  • that's longer back than I can remember

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2 toward the opposite direction
  • turned back for one last comment

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3 toward the rear
  • concert security asked the crowd to move back

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back

noun (1)

Synonyms & Antonyms of back (Entry 2 of 5)

1 a behind part or surface
  • the back of the page was blank

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2 a vulnerable point
  • a candidate needing a loyal aide who can be relied upon to always watch his back

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back

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of back (Entry 3 of 5)

1 to promote the interests or cause of
  • she enthusiastically backed the plan to renovate and upgrade the school's facilities

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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

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3 to provide evidence or information for (as a claim or idea)
  • the author needs to back her thesis with more facts

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back

adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms of back (Entry 4 of 5)

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

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backer

noun (2)

Synonyms & Antonyms of backer (Entry 5 of 5)

1 a person who actively supports or favors a cause
  • backers of prison reform held a rally in front of the statehouse

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2 a person who takes the responsibility for some other person or thing
  • all financial backers will be expected to offer some input into the company's decisions

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3 someone associated with another to give assistance or moral support
  • the student's backers spoke at the school board meeting on her behalf

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Frequently Asked Questions About back

How is the word back different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of back are advocate, champion, support, and uphold. While all these words mean "to favor actively one that meets opposition," back suggests supporting by lending assistance to one failing or falling.

refusing to back the call for sanctions

When can advocate be used instead of back?

While the synonyms advocate and back are close in meaning, advocate stresses urging or pleading.

advocated prison reform

Where would champion be a reasonable alternative to back?

The words champion and back are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, champion suggests publicly defending one unjustly attacked or too weak to advocate his or her own cause.

championed the rights of children

When might support be a better fit than back?

In some situations, the words support and back are roughly equivalent. However, support is least explicit about the nature of the assistance given.

supports waterfront development

When is it sensible to use uphold instead of back?

The words uphold and back can be used in similar contexts, but uphold implies extended support given to something attacked.

upheld the legitimacy of the military action

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The first known use of back was before the 12th century

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“Back.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/back. Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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