back Definition

  • 1the part of the body that is opposite to the front, from the shoulders to the bottom of the spine
  • 2the side of something that is not normally seen or used
  • 3toward the original starting point or place

Using back: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "back" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He has a tattoo on his back.

  • Example

    The back of the book has an index.

  • Example

    I'm going back to my hometown for the holidays.

back Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for back

Antonyms for back

Phrases with back

  • behind someone's back

    without someone's knowledge or approval


    She was talking about me behind my back.

  • have someone's back

    to be ready and willing to help and support someone


    I know I can count on my best friend to have my back.

  • an expression of praise or approval


    He gave me a pat on the back for a job well done.


Summary: back in Brief

The term 'back' [bæk] refers to the rear part of the body or object, opposite to the front. It can also mean returning to an original place or direction. Examples include 'He has a tattoo on his back' and 'I'm going back to my hometown for the holidays.' Phrases like 'behind someone's back' and 'have someone's back' denote secrecy and support, respectively.

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