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Synonyms for backwards

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. back, backward, backwards, rearward, rearwards(adverb)

    at or to or toward the back or rear

    "he moved back"; "tripped when he stepped backward"; "she looked rearward out the window of the car"

    Synonyms:
    rearwards, back, backward, rearward

  2. backward, backwards(adverb)

    in a manner or order or direction the reverse of normal

    "it's easy to get the `i' and the `e' backward in words like `seize' and `siege'"; "the child put her jersey on backward"

    Synonyms:
    rearwards, back, backward, rearward

Wiktionary

  1. backwards(adverb)

    Oriented toward the back.

    The battleship had three backwards guns at the stern, in addition to the primary complement.

    Synonyms:
    rearward, hindwards, retrograde

  2. backwards(adverb)

    Reversed.

    The backwards lettering on emergency vehicles makes it possible to read in the rear-view mirror.

    Synonyms:
    reversedly, contrariwise, mirror image, back to front, switched

  3. backwards(adjective)

    Behind current trends or technology.

    Modern medicine regards the use of leeches as a backwards practice.

    Synonyms:
    in reverse, back to front, primitive, dated, crude, obsolete

  4. backwards(adjective)

    Clumsy, inept, or inefficient.

    He was a very backwards scholar, but he was a marvel on the football field.

    Synonyms:
    fumbling, awkward, incompetent, poor

Editors Contribution

  1. magnetic reversal

    going the opposite way

    we should do the steps backwards to solve the problem.

    Submitted by rinat on September 4, 2019  
  2. reverse order

    they have the same meaning

    reverse the order you are headed go backwards

    Submitted by anonymous on December 26, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. backwards(ad.)

    Synonyms:
    regressively, rearwards, aback, behind, ABAFT

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    back, backward, retrograde, rearward, upside-down, behind, ago, back-to-front

How to pronounce backwards?

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Karen
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Veena
Veena
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How to say backwards in sign language?

  1. backwards

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How to use backwards in a sentence?

  1. Terry Goodkind:

    Only a fool walks backwards into the future.

  2. State John Kerry:

    One of the very important things now is for us to be able to stay where we are on the TPP negotiations, not to slide backwards, but to finish that job in which Vietnam is very much an important contributor to.

  3. De Juniac:

    We have made enormous progress at Air France-KLM with the group's 100,000 staff, when I arrived there were significant losses, the company was being suffocated by its debt, and we had lost our way in terms of products, we were going backwards.

  4. David Frost:

    These regulations have had an impact on a key economic sector and we cannot afford it, we are going backwards at time when our country solely needs economic growth.

  5. Witold Waszczykowski:

    This is a man who destroyed my youth and that of others, these are people who pushed Poland backwards by many decades.


Translations for backwards

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  • pozpátkuCzech
  • rückwärtsGerman
  • επαναφορά επιστροφή, προς τα πίσωGreek
  • malantaŭenEsperanto
  • hacia atrás, a contrapelo, invertidoSpanish
  • tagurpidi, tahapoole, peegelpilt, vanamoodne, saamatu, tagasisuunasEstonian
  • takaperin, kelvoton, taaksepäin, vanhanaikainen, väärinpäinFinnish
  • ke belakangIndonesian
  • indietroItalian
  • 뒤로Korean
  • دواکه‌وتو, به‌ره‌ودوا, پاشه‌وپاشKurdish
  • whakatuaraMāori
  • achterwaartsDutch
  • направленный, назад, смотрящийRussian
  • bakåtriktad, bakvänd, efterbliven, baklänges, omvänd, efterSwedish
  • назадUkrainian

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