Synonyms of back in English:

back


See definition of back

noun

1‘they think she's broken her back’

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spine, backbone, spinal column, vertebral column
technical dorsum, rachis

2‘the back of the house’

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rear, rear side, other side
stern
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front

3‘the back of the queue’

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end, tail end, rear end, tail, far end
North American tag end
ANTONYMS

front, head

4‘the back of a postcard’

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reverse, reverse side, other side, underside
verso
informal flip side
ANTONYMS

front, face


adverb

1‘she walked away without looking back’

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backwards, behind one, to one's rear, rearwards
away, off
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forward

2‘keep back from the roadside’

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away, at a distance

3‘her husband left her a few months back’

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ago, earlier, previously, before, in the past

verb

1‘the project was backed by the English Tourist Board’

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sponsor, finance, put up the money for, fund, subsidize, underwrite, promote, lend one's name to, be a patron of, act as guarantor of, support
informal foot the bill for, pick up the tab for
North American informal bankroll, stake

2‘over 97 per cent backed the changes’

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support, endorse, sanction, approve of, give one's blessing to, smile on, favour, advocate, promote, uphold, champion
vote for, ally oneself with, stand behind, side with, be on the side of, defend, take up the cudgels for
second
informal throw one's weight behind
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oppose

3‘he backed the horse at 33–1’

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bet on, place a bet on, gamble on, stake money on

4‘he backed slowly out of the garage’

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reverse, drive backwards, move backwards
backtrack, retrace one's steps
ANTONYMS

move forwards, advance


adjective

1‘the back garden’

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rear
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front

2‘the back row’

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end, hind, hindmost, rearmost
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front

3‘the bird's back feathers’

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dorsal, posterior
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front

4‘back copies of the journal’

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past, old, previous, earlier, former, out of date
ANTONYMS

future


Phrases

    behind someone's back


    SYNONYMS

    secretly, without someone's knowledge, on the sly, deceitfully, slyly, sneakily, covertly, surreptitiously, furtively

    the back of beyond


    SYNONYMS

    the middle of nowhere, the backwoods, the wilds, the hinterland, a backwater

    Australian, New Zealand

    the back country, the backblocks, the booay

    South African

    the backveld, the platteland

    North American informal

    the boondocks, the boonies, the tall timbers

    Australian, New Zealand informal

    Woop Woop, beyond the black stump

    back away

    ‘he took a step towards her and she hurriedly backed away’


    SYNONYMS

    draw back, step back, move away, back off, retreat, withdraw, pull back, give ground

    shrink back, blench, cower, quail, quake

    ANTONYMS

    move forward

    get/put someone's back up

    ‘these kinds of questions tend to engage the other party, whereas assertions can put their backs up’


    SYNONYMS

    annoy, irritate, vex, make angry, make cross, anger, exasperate, irk, gall, pique, put out, displease, antagonize, get on someone's nerves, rub up the wrong way, ruffle, ruffle someone's feathers, make someone's hackles rise, raise someone's hackles

    enrage, infuriate, madden, make someone's blood boil, drive to distraction, goad, provoke

    informal

    aggravate, peeve, hassle, miff, rile, nettle, needle, get, get to, bug, hack off, get under someone's skin, get in someone's hair, get up someone's nose, put someone's nose out of joint, get someone's goat, give someone the hump, rattle someone's cage, drive crazy, drive mad, drive round the bend, drive round the twist, drive up the wall, make someone see red

    British informal

    wind up, nark, get across, get on someone's wick

    North American informal

    tee off, tick off, burn up, rankle, ride, gravel

    vulgar slang

    piss off

    British vulgar slang

    get on someone's tits

    informal, dated

    give someone the pip, get someone's dander up

    rare

    exacerbate, hump, rasp

    ANTONYMS

    please, gratify

    turn one's back on

    ‘in 1973, she turned her back on her career’


    SYNONYMS

    abandon, give up, have done with, throw up

    reject, renounce, repudiate

    informal

    quit, pack in, jack in

    back out

    ‘Coleman backed out of the deal’


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    renege on, go back on, withdraw from, pull out of, retreat from, fail to honour, abandon, default on, repudiate

    back-pedal

    informal

    get cold feet about, chicken out of

    back something up

    ‘his statement was backed up by evidence from Mr Eric Bartlett’


    SYNONYMS

    substantiate, corroborate, confirm, support, bear out, endorse, bolster, reinforce, lend weight to

    prove, verify, validate

    ANTONYMS

    contradict, undermine

    back down

    ‘the government backed down under pressure from the House of Lords’


    SYNONYMS

    give in, concede defeat, surrender, yield, submit, climb down, concede, reconsider

    backtrack, back-pedal

    back someone up

    ‘her husband's bound to back her up’


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    support, stand by, give one's support to, side with, be on someone's side, take someone's side, take someone's part

    vouch for

    help, assist, aid