Synonyms of back in English:

back


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noun

1‘they think she's broken her back’

SYNONYMS

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

ANTONYMS

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

ANTONYMS

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’

SYNONYMS

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

ANTONYMS

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

ANTONYMS

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

    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

    the back of beyond

      SYNONYMS

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

      NZ Australian

      the back country, the backblocks, the booay

      South African

      the backveld, the platteland

      North American informal

      the boondocks, the boonies, the tall timbers

      NZ Australian informal

      Woop Woop, beyond the black stump

    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 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

      back off
      and → back
    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 out

      ‘Coleman backed out of the deal’

      SYNONYMS

      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 someone up

      ‘her husband's bound to back her up’

      SYNONYMS

      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

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