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backward

adverb
variants: or backwards

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 toward the rear
  • looking backward, we could see the town receding in the distance

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2 toward the opposite direction
  • the loud noise prompted him to glance backward to see what was happening

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backward

adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms of backward (Entry 2 of 2)

1 directed, turned, or done toward the back
  • a backward turn on ice skates is hard to learn because you can't see where you're going

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2 not comfortable around people
  • curiously, the quiet, backward man opened up when around other introverts

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The first known use of backward was in the 14th century

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backward

backward-looking

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“Backward.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/backward. Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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