Meaning of BACKWARD in English

BACKWARD

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Note: In American English, 'backward' is usually used as an adverb instead of 'backwards'. 'Backward' is also sometimes used in this way in formal British English. See 'backwards' for these uses.

1.

A backward movement or look is in the direction that your back is facing. Some people use backwards for this meaning.

He unlocked the door of apartment two and disappeared inside after a backward glance at Larry...

He did a backward flip.

≠ forward

ADJ : ADJ n

2.

If someone takes a backward step, they do something that does not change or improve their situation, but causes them to go back a stage.

At a certain age, it’s not viable for men to take a backward step into unskilled work...

≠ forward

ADJ : ADJ n

3.

A backward country or society does not have modern industries and machines.

We need to accelerate the pace of change in our backward country.

≠ developed

ADJ

• back‧ward‧ness

I was astonished at the backwardness of our country at the time.

N-UNCOUNT

4.

A backward child has difficulty in learning.

I was slow to walk and talk and my parents thought I was backward.

ADJ

• back‧ward‧ness

...her backwardness in practical and physical activities.

N-UNCOUNT

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