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adjective, adverb backwards pronunciation in British English /ˈbækwə(r)dz/
Backwards can be used in the following ways:
as an adverb: I stepped backwards.
more rarely as an adjective: a backwards step
  1. 1
    if you move or look backwards, you move or look in the direction that is behind you

    He was thrown backwards by the force of the explosion.

    I glanced backwards over my shoulder to see if anyone was following me.

  2. 2
    in the opposite way or order from usual

    Count backwards from ten to one.

    Let’s work backwards through all the steps to see where we went wrong.

  3. 3
    towards a time in the past

    It’s only by looking backwards that we can understand how these rivalries developed.

    1. a.
      not progressing but changing back to a previous worse state

      With these new weaker pollution controls, the government seems to be moving backwards.


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