Synonyms of back in English:



  • 2 the back of the house
    rear, rear side, other side; Nautical stern
    the back of the house
    [Antonyms] front
  • 4 the back of a postcard
    reverse, other side, underside; verso
    informal flip side
    the back of a postcard
    [Antonyms] front face


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  • 1 he pushed his chair back
    backward, behind one, to one's rear, rearward; away, off
    he pushed his chair back
    [Antonyms] forward
  • 2 a few months back
    ago, earlier, previously, before, in the past


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  • 1 the government backed the initiative with $4 million
    sponsor, finance, put up the money for, fund, subsidize, underwrite, be a patron of, act as guarantor of
    informal foot the bill for, pick up the tab for
    bankroll, stake
  • 3 he backed the horse at 33–1
    bet on, gamble on, stake money on
  • 4 he backed out of the garage
    reverse, draw back, step back, move backward, back off, pull back, retreat, withdraw, give ground, backtrack, retrace one's steps, recede
    he backed out of the garage
    [Antonyms] move forward advance


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back away

there's no need to back away—he's a very gentle dog draw backstep backmove awaywithdrawretreatpull backgive groundshrink backcowerquailquake

back down

all your begging is useless because I am not going to back down give inconcede defeatsurrenderyieldsubmitclimb downconcedereconsiderbacktrackbackpedal

back out of

Charlie's backed out of the original agreement renege ongo back onwithdraw frompull out ofretreat fromfail to honorabandondefault onrepudiatebackpedal on

back someone up

I was surprised when it turned out to be Dina who backed me up supportstand bygive one's support toside withbe on someone's sidetake someone's sidetake someone's partvouch for

back something up

can you back up that statement with any real evidence? substantiatecorroborateconfirmsupportbear outendorsebolsterreinforcelend weight to

behind someone's back

the takeover was planned behind the plant manager's back secretlywithout someone's knowledgeon the slyslylysneakilycovertlysurreptitiouslyfurtively

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dorsal lumbar relating to the back
supine lying on your back

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