Back - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |bæk|  American pronunciation of the word back
Brit.  |ˈbæk|  British pronunciation of the word back


- the posterior part of a human (or animal) body from the neck to the end of the spine(syn: dorsum)
- the side that goes last or is not normally seen(syn: rear)
- the part of something that is furthest from the normal viewer(syn: rear)
- (football) a person who plays in the backfield
- the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord(syn: backbone, rachis, spine)
- the protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book (syn: binding, cover)
- the part of a garment that covers the back of your body
- a support that you can lean against while sitting(syn: backrest)
- (American football) the position of a player on a football team who is stationed behind the line of scrimmage


- be behind; approve of(syn: endorse, indorse, support)
- travel backward
- give support or one's approval to(syn: endorse, indorse, second)
- cause to travel backward
- support financial backing for
- be in back of
- place a bet on(syn: gage, game, punt, stake)

▼ (3)


- located at or near the back of an animal(syn: hind, hinder)
- of an earlier date


- in or to or toward a former location
- at or to or toward the back or rear(syn: backward, backwards, rearward, rearwards)
- in or to or toward an original condition
- in or to or toward a past time(syn: backward)
- in reply
- in repayment or retaliation


She was carrying her little daughter on her back.

She has a pain in the small of her back.

I slapped him on his back to congratulate him.

She stabbed him in the back.

He was handcuffed with his hands behind his back.

A bird with a spotted back

Riding on the back of a horse

A comfortable chair with a padded back

The soldiers moved back from the front lines.

The police asked the crowd to move back from the scene of the accident.

He left his friends two miles back.

She turned around and looked back toward him.

A chapter beginning several pages back

He left his home and never went back.

It's time to go back home.

Phrasal verbs

back down  — move backwards from a certain position
back off  — move backwards from a certain position
back out  — move out of a space backwards
back up  — give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to

Word forms

I/you/we/they: back
he/she/it: backs
present participle: backing
past tense: backed
past participle: backed
singular: back
plural: backs
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