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backward - Dictionary definition and meaning for word backward

Definition
(adj) directed or facing toward the back or rear
Example Sentence
  • a backward view

Definition
(adj) (used of temperament or behavior) marked by a retiring nature
Example Sentence
  • a backward lover

Definition
(adj) retarded in intellectual development
Definition
(adj) having made less than normal progress
Example Sentence
  • an economically backward country

Definition
(adv) at or to or toward the back or rear
Synonyms : back , backwards , rearward , rearwards
Example Sentence
  • he moved back
  • tripped when he stepped backward
  • she looked rearward out the window of the car

Definition
(adv) in a manner or order or direction the reverse of normal
Synonyms : backwards
Example Sentence
  • it's easy to get the `i' and the `e' backward in words like `seize' and `siege'
  • the child put her jersey on backward

Definition
(adv) in or to or toward a past time
Synonyms : back
Example Sentence
  • set the clocks back an hour
  • never look back
  • lovers of the past looking fondly backward

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