Thesaurus

Synonyms & Antonyms of back

(Entry 1 of 4)

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 for back

Words Related to back

Near Antonyms for back

Antonyms for back

back

adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms of back (Entry 2 of 4)

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

Synonyms for back

Antonyms for back

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

Synonyms for back

Words Related to back

Near Antonyms for back

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

Synonyms for back

Words Related to back

Near Antonyms for back

Antonyms for back

back

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of back (Entry 3 of 4)

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

Synonyms for back

Antonyms for back

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

Synonyms for back

Words Related to back

back

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of back (Entry 4 of 4)

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

Synonyms for back

Words Related to back

Phrases Synonymous with back

Near Antonyms for 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 for back

Words Related to back

Phrases Synonymous with back

Near Antonyms for back

Antonyms for back

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

Synonyms for back

Words Related to back

Near Antonyms for back

See the Dictionary Definition 

Choose the Right Synonym for back

Verb

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about back

Time Traveler for back

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Cite this Entry

“Back.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/backless. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on back

Dictionary: Definition of back

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with back

Medical Dictionary: Definition of back

Spanish Central: Translation of back

Nglish: Translation of back for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of back for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about back

Comments on back

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

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

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