backtrack - definition and synonyms

verb [intransitive] 

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/ˈbækˌtræk/
present tense
I/you/we/theybacktrack
he/she/itbacktracks
present participlebacktracking
past tensebacktracked
past participlebacktracked
  1. 1
    to change your intentions, so that you become less willing or less likely to do something that you said you would do
    backtrack on:

    The government is backtracking on its commitment to increase spending.

  2. 2
    to return to a subject you were discussing before
  3. 3
    to go back in the direction from which you have come