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verb back pronunciation in American English /bæk/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyback
he/she/itbacks
present participlebacking
past tensebacked
past participlebacked
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to give support to a person, organization, or plan, making them more likely to succeed
    Both main parties are backing these proposals.
    back someone on something: We’ll back you all the way on this one!
    1. a.
      [usually passive] to make an order or request more effective by threatening to do something if people do not do what you want
      Schools need to have clear rules on bullying, backed by a system of punishments.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to move backward, or to make someone move backward
    back into/onto/out of etc.: She backed out of the room carrying a tray.
    He backed me into a corner at the party.
    1. a.
      to make a car move backward
      Could you just back onto the driveway?
  3. 3
    [transitive] to bet (=risk money) that a particular person or animal will win a race or competition
    I’m backing France to win the championship.
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  4. 4
    [transitive] [often passive] music to play or sing the music that goes with the main singer or musicians performance
    Manilow was backed by a full orchestra.
  5. 5
    [transitive] [always passive] if a place is backed by something, it has something at the back of it or directly behind it
    a large garden backed by trees

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