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pronunciation:
baek
parts of speech:
noun, verb, adjective, adverb
phrases:
behind one's back, turn one's back on, back out of, back and forth
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the part of the body of a human or animal that is on the opposite side from the chest and between the neck and hips.
 
definition 2: the backbone; spine.
Straighten your back!
synonyms:
backbone, spinal column, spine
similar words:
vertebrae
definition 3: the opposite side from the front.
She found the blanket in the back of the car.Put your name on the back of this paper.
 
synonyms:
rear, reverse
antonyms:
face, front
similar words:
stern
phrase: behind one's back
phrase: turn one's back on
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: backed, backing, backs
definition 1: to cause to move backward.
He backed the car into the garage.
synonyms:
reverse
antonyms:
advance
definition 2: to give support to; commit to helping.
The governor hopes the President will back him in the next election.
synonyms:
endorse
antonyms:
oppose
similar words:
advocate, aid, assist, champion, help, patronize, promote, sanction, sponsor, support, uphold
phrase: back out of
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: in the rear part; behind the front part.
The children rode in the back seat of the car.
synonyms:
rear
antonyms:
front
similar words:
hind, reverse, tail
definition 2: old; from the past.
The library had the back issues of the newspaper I needed for my report.
antonyms:
future
similar words:
expired, former, old, out-of-date, past
phrase: back and forth
 
part of speech: adverb
definition 1: toward the direction that is opposite from forward; backward; away.
The elephant moved back from the edge of the cliff.
definition 2: to an earlier time or a place where one was before.
Think back to your childhood.He went back home.
definition 3: in return or in reply.
Joe hit Bob, and Bob hit back.I didn't call back.
derivation: backless (adj.)
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