Definition of quarterback in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkwôrdərˌbak/


American Football
1A player positioned behind the center who directs a team’s offensive play.
Example sentences
  • Rookie quarterbacks deal with offensive playbooks that dwarf the ones they studied in college.
  • Just about every NFL team has a quarterback in place who is viewed as the future of the franchise.
  • Both teams have strong-armed quarterbacks and dangerous receivers.
1.1North American A person who directs or coordinates an operation or project.
Example sentences
  • Key to it is creating a new director of national intelligence, a quarterback, if you will.
  • The fact of the matter is, the town has got a lot of people in it who are armchair quarterbacks, or who like to comment on the passing scene.
  • They are the quarterbacks, the lead singers, the objects of admiration and envy.


[with object] American Football
1Play as a quarterback for (a particular team).
Example sentences
  • He quarterbacked the football team to a league title.
  • Brett Favre, whose 27 touchdown passes tied for the NFC lead, has quarterbacked the same team longer than any NFL signal caller.
  • Most of these physicists, after all, were not exactly quarterbacking the football team in high school.
1.1North American Direct or coordinate (an operation or project).
Example sentences
  • Should the selection of the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court be quarterbacked by a man who is currently the subject of an on-going criminal investigation?
  • Indeed, the whole process is quarterbacked out of the Counsel's office.
  • The commander is the most unique position in that it allows one player to quarterback the entire team's operations.

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Syllabification: quar·ter·back

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