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English definition of “backwards”

backwards

adverb uk   /ˈbæk.wədz/ us    /-wɚdz/
B1 (US also backward) towards the direction that is opposite to the one in which you are facing or opposite to the usual direction: I walked backwards towards the door. He took a step backwards to allow her to pass. He began counting backwards: "Ten, nine, eight..."
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returning to older and less effective ways: The breakdown in negotiations will be seen as a step backwards. backwards and forwards first in one direction and then in the opposite one: Paul paced anxiously backwards and forwards.
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