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backward

back·ward

backward

 
 
pronunciation:
baek wrd
parts of speech:
adverb, adjective
phrases:
backward and forward, lean over backward
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part of speech: adverb
definition 1: in the direction of or to the rear or back.
I pulled the swing backward and then let it go.
synonyms:
rearward
antonyms:
ahead, forward, frontward
similar words:
aft, astern, behind, sternward
definition 2: with the back part or back side foremost or leading.
She was walking backward.
antonyms:
frontward
definition 3: in reverse order; in a way that is the opposite of that which is usual.
The chairman called the roll backward.
synonyms:
reversed
similar words:
counterclockwise, inside out, topsy-turvy, upside down
definition 4: toward or into an earlier time.
She looked backward at her youth.
antonyms:
ahead, forward
similar words:
away
definition 5: toward a worse, less developed, or less efficient condition; retrogressively.
Our industry appears to be moving backward.
synonyms:
downhill, retrogressively
similar words:
worse
phrase: backward and forward
phrase: lean over backward
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: moving or directed toward the back, rear, or past.
She left her old school without a backward look.
synonyms:
retrograde
antonyms:
forward, progressive
similar words:
rearward, recessive, retreating
definition 2: opposite of that which is usual; reverse.
a backward word order
synonyms:
inverse, reverse
similar words:
counterclockwise, inside out, reversed, topsy-turvy, upside down
definition 3: progressing or advancing slowly.
a backward learner
antonyms:
advanced, precocious
similar words:
behind, behindhand, retarded, slow, tardy
derivations: backwardly (adv.), backwards (adv.), backwardness (n.)
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