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  1. [adverb] in or to or toward a former location; "she went back to her parents' house"

  2. [adverb] at or to or toward the back or rear; "he moved back"; "tripped when he stepped backward"; "she looked rearward out the window of the car"
    Synonyms: ward, wards, rearward, rearwards

  3. [adverb] in or to or toward an original condition; "he went back to sleep"

  4. [adverb] in or to or toward a past time; "set the clocks back an hour"; "never look back"; "lovers of the past looking fondly backward"
    Synonyms: ward

  5. [adverb] in answer; "he wrote back three days later"; "had little to say in reply to the questions"
    Synonyms: in reply

  6. [adverb] in repayment or retaliation; "we paid back everything we had borrowed"; "he hit me and I hit him back"; "I was kept in after school for talking back to the teacher"

  7. [noun] the posterior part of a human (or animal) body from the neck to the end of the spine; "his back was nicely tanned"
    Synonyms: dorsum

  8. [noun] the side that goes last or is not normally seen; "he wrote the date on the back of the photograph"
    Synonyms: rear

  9. [noun] the part of something that is furthest from the normal viewer; "he stood at the back of the stage"; "it was hidden in the rear of the store"
    Synonyms: rear

  10. [noun] (football) a person who plays in the backfield

  11. [noun] the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord; "the fall broke his back"
    Synonyms: spinal column, vertebral column, spine, bone, rachis

  12. [noun] the front and back covering of a book; "the book had a leather binding"
    Synonyms: binding, book binding, cover

  13. [noun] the part of a garment that covers your back; "they pinned a `kick me' sign on his back"

  14. [noun] a support that you can lean against while sitting; "the back of the dental chair was adjustable"
    Synonyms: rest

  15. [noun] the position of a player on a football team who is stationed behind the line of scrimmage

  16. [verb] be behind; approve of; "He plumped for the Labor Party"; "I backed Kennedy in 1960"
    Synonyms: endorse, indorse, plump for, plunk for, support

  17. [verb] travel backward; "back into the driveway"; "The car backed up and hit the tree"

  18. [verb] give support or one's approval to; "I'll second that motion"; "I can't back this plan"; "endorse a new project"
    Synonyms: second, endorse, indorse

  19. [verb] cause to travel backward; "back the car into the parking spot"

  20. [verb] support financial backing for; "back this enterprise"

  21. [verb] be in back of; "My garage backs their yard"

  22. [verb] place a bet on; "Which horse are you backing?"; "I'm betting on the new horse"
    Synonyms: bet on, gage, stake, game, punt

  23. [verb] shift to a counterclockwise direction; "the wind backed"

  24. [verb] establish as valid or genuine; "Can you back up your claims?"
    Synonyms: up

  25. [verb] strengthen by providing with a back or backing

  26. [adjective] related to or located at the back; "the back yard"; "the back entrance"

  27. [adjective] located at or near the back of an animal; "back (or hind) legs"; "the hinder part of a carcass"
    Synonyms: hind, hinder

  28. [adjective] of an earlier date; "back issues of the magazine"


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