Meaning of BACKTRACK in English


back ‧ track /ˈbæktræk/ BrE AmE verb [intransitive]

1 . to change an opinion or promise that you gave so that it is not as strong as it was earlier ⇨ backpedal

backtrack on

The President is backtracking on his promise to increase health care spending.

2 . to return by the same way that you came:

We had to backtrack about a mile.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.