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Pronunciation: / ˈbækwərdz / Pronunciation: /ˈbakwədz/


  • (especially British English) backward 2
    Example sentences
    • I started stepping backwards in the direction of the doors.
    • I snarled and she took a step backwards, glancing at the naked blade in my hands.
    • Devon's eyes widened in surprise at my sudden movements, and stumbled backwards when he caught me.

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    (especially as a direction) very loud or loudly
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