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backwardadverb [not gradable]

us   /ˈbæk·wərd/ also backwards, /ˈbæk·wərdz/
toward the direction that is opposite to the one in which you are facing or opposite to the usual direction: He took a step backward. He began counting backward: "Ten, nine, eight . . ." She was skating around the rink, backward and forward.

backwardadjective

us   /ˈbæk·wərd/
  • backward adjective (TOWARD THE BACK)

[not gradable] directed toward the back or in the direction that is opposite to the one in which you are facing: He did a terrific backward somersault.
  • backward adjective (NOT DEVELOPED)

not developed, or not modern or advanced: The state needs to reform its backward election laws.
(Definition of backward from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"backward" in British English

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backwardadjective

uk   /ˈbæk.wəd/ us   /ˈbæk.wɚd/

backwardadverb

uk   /ˈbæk.wəd/ us   /ˈbæk.wɚd/ mainly US
(Definition of backward from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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