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
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front, head

4‘the back of a postcard’

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


Phrases

    get someone's back up

    ‘the quip immediately got his back 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 someone's goat, 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, get up someone's nose, put someone's nose out of joint, give someone the hump
    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

    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
    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 down

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


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    give in, concede defeat, surrender, yield, submit, climb down, concede, reconsider
    backtrack, back-pedal
    back away

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


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    draw back, step back, move away, back off, retreat, withdraw, pull back, give ground
    shrink back, blench, cower, quail, quake
    ANTONYMS

    move forward

    turn one's back on

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


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    abandon, give up, have done with, throw up
    reject, renounce, repudiate
    informal quit, pack in, jack in
    behind someone's back


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


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    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 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
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    contradict, undermine