backward
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Usage note
This word can also be spelled "backwards."
backward(
bahk
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wuhrd
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (toward the rear)
a. hacia atrás
The soccer player moved backward to avoid the goalie and then scored a goal.El futbolista se movió hacia atrás para evitar al portero y luego anotó un gol.
2. (back first)
a. hacia atrás
Cecilia was walking backward while talking to me and tripped over a step.Cecilia caminaba hacia atrás mientras hablaba conmigo y se tropezó con un escalón.
3. (in reverse order)
a. al revés
Nicholas can recite the alphabet backward.Nicholas sabe recitar el abecedario al revés.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
4. (toward a worse state)
a. atrás
The so-called fiscal reform turned out to be a step backward.La supuesta reforma fiscal resultó ser un paso atrás.
5. (toward the rear)
a. hacia atrás
She got on the bus without even a backward glance.Se subió al camión sin ni siquiera una mirada hacia atrás.
b. atrás
Berta took a step back to keep from falling off the ledge.Berta dio un paso atrás para no caerse del saliente.
6.
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
An offensive word or phrase used to degrade a person or group of people based on race, gender, sexual preference, etc. (e.g. ghetto).
(pejorative)
(with learning difficulties)
a. retrasado
Even a backward child has more sense than that idiotic politician.Hasta un niño retrasado tiene más sentido común que ese político idiota.
7. (underdeveloped)
a. atrasado
Some backward countries still have people stoned to death for adultery.Algunos países atrasados todavía lapidan a las personas por adulterio.
8. (reluctant)
a. reservado
Luke is too backward to ask Daniela to go out with him.Luke es demasiado reservado como para pedirle a Daniela que salga con él.
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backward
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (general)
a. hacia atrás
to walk backward and forwardcaminar de un lado para otro
2. (fig)
a.
a step backwardun paso atrás
3. (fig)
a.
to bend or lean over backward to helphacer todo lo posible por ayudar
4. (fig)
a.
to know something backwardconocer algo de pe a pa
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backward [ˈbækwəd]
adjective
1 [+motion, glance] hacia atrás
backward and forward movement movimiento (m) de vaivén
2 [+pupil, country] atrasado
3 (reluctant) tímido
he wasn't backward in claiming the money no se mostró tímido a la hora de reclamar el dinero
he was not backward in taking the money
he's not backward in coming forward no peca de tímido
adverb
1 [+look] atrás; hacia atrás; [+move] hacia atrás
to walk/fall backward andar/caer hacia atrás; to go backward and forward ir y venir; ir de acá para allá; this is a step backward esto supone un paso atrás
Greater government intervention in busineses would represent a step backwards ...unshakable traditions that look backward rather than ahead
2 (in reverse) al revés
He works backward, building a house from the top down
to read sth backward leer algo para atrás
to know sth backward saberse algo al dedillo or de pe a pa
backwards [ˈbækwədz]
adverb
especially (Britain)
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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Phrases with "backward"
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go backward
ir hacia atrás
backward step
paso atrás
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