Definition of “backwards” - English Dictionary


“backwards” in English

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uk /ˈbæk.wədz/ us /ˈbæk.wɚdz/ mainly UK US usually backward

B1 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..."

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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(Definition of “backwards” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)