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I don't believe there's anything in life you can't go back and fix. The ancient Vedas - the oldest Hindu philosophy - and modern science agree that time is an illusion. If that's true, there's no such thing as a past or a future - it's all one huge now. So what you fix now affects the past and the future.
Alan Arkin

Meaning of "back" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD BACK

Old English bæc; related to Old Norse bak, Old Frisian bek, Old High German bah.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF BACK

back  [bæk] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF BACK

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Back is a verb and can also act as a noun, an adjective and an adverb.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb back in English.



The adverb is an invariable part of the sentence that can change, explain or simplify a verb or another adverb.

WHAT DOES BACK MEAN IN ENGLISH?

back

Human back

The human back is the large posterior area of the human body, rising from the top of the buttocks to the back of the neck and the shoulders. It is the surface opposite to the chest, its height being defined by the vertebral column and its breadth being supported by the ribcage and shoulders. The spinal canal runs through the spine and provides nerves to the rest of the body.

Definition of back in the English dictionary

The first definition of back in the dictionary is the posterior part of the human body, extending from the neck to the pelvis related adjective dorsal. Other definition of back is the corresponding or upper part of an animal. Back is also the spinal column.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO BACK

PRESENT

Present
I back
you back
he/she/it backs
we back
you back
they back
Present continuous
I am backing
you are backing
he/she/it is backing
we are backing
you are backing
they are backing
Present perfect
I have backed
you have backed
he/she/it has backed
we have backed
you have backed
they have backed
Present perfect continuous
I have been backing
you have been backing
he/she/it has been backing
we have been backing
you have been backing
they have been backing
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I backed
you backed
he/she/it backed
we backed
you backed
they backed
Past continuous
I was backing
you were backing
he/she/it was backing
we were backing
you were backing
they were backing
Past perfect
I had backed
you had backed
he/she/it had backed
we had backed
you had backed
they had backed
Past perfect continuous
I had been backing
you had been backing
he/she/it had been backing
we had been backing
you had been backing
they had been backing
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will back
you will back
he/she/it will back
we will back
you will back
they will back
Future continuous
I will be backing
you will be backing
he/she/it will be backing
we will be backing
you will be backing
they will be backing
Future perfect
I will have backed
you will have backed
he/she/it will have backed
we will have backed
you will have backed
they will have backed
Future perfect continuous
I will have been backing
you will have been backing
he/she/it will have been backing
we will have been backing
you will have been backing
they will have been backing
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would back
you would back
he/she/it would back
we would back
you would back
they would back
Conditional continuous
I would be backing
you would be backing
he/she/it would be backing
we would be backing
you would be backing
they would be backing
Conditional perfect
I would have back
you would have back
he/she/it would have back
we would have back
you would have back
they would have back
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been backing
you would have been backing
he/she/it would have been backing
we would have been backing
you would have been backing
they would have been backing
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you back
we let´s back
you back
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to back
Past participle
backed
Present Participle
backing
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE BACK

bacitracin
back alley
back and fill
back and forth
back bacon
back bay
back boiler
back burner
back catalogue
back copy
back country
back cover
back crawl
back door
back down
back electromotive force
back emf
back emission
back end
back flip

WORDS THAT END LIKE BACK

attack
black
crack
Cuttack
feedback
get back
go back
go to the pack
hack
in the black
jack
knack
lack
outback
pack
paperback
pat on the back
rack
the right track
track

Synonyms and antonyms of back in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «BACK»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «back» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of back

Translation of «back» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF BACK

Find out the translation of back to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of back from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «back» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

后面的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

trasero
570 millions of speakers

English

back
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

वापस
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

خَلْفِيّ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

задний
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

traseiro
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

পিছনে
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

arrière
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Belakang
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

rückständig
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

後ろの
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

뒤의
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Bali
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

ở phía sau
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

மீண்டும்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

परत
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

geri
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

posteriore
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

tylny
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

задній
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

din spate
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

πίσω
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

terug
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

bak-
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

bakre
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of back

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «BACK»

The term «back» is very widely used and occupies the 332 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «BACK» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «back» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «back» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about back

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10 QUOTES WITH «BACK»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word back.
1
Herb Alpert
We always felt that if you do something with quality and integrity, then it's going to come back to you.
2
Alan Arkin
I don't believe there's anything in life you can't go back and fix. The ancient Vedas - the oldest Hindu philosophy - and modern science agree that time is an illusion. If that's true, there's no such thing as a past or a future - it's all one huge now. So what you fix now affects the past and the future.
3
Gemma Arterton
It's such a male-dominated industry. You can be a feminist, it's just difficult because it sometimes comes back at you.
4
Howard Bach
Don Chew is the owner of the Orange County Badminton Club, the location where I train. He played badminton when he was young and always had the passion for it. He never made it at the international level, but he wanted to give back to the sport. The majority of the elite players train at Orange County Badminton Club.
5
Ray Stannard Baker
Looking back, I have this to regret, that too often when I loved, I did not say so.
6
Mischa Barton
I'm still getting used to changing earrings - It still feels really weird to be pushing bits of metal through holes in my earlobes that weren't there a few weeks back, and actually seeing and feeling the holes in my lobes is still a bit freaky.
7
Emma Bell
I live in L.A. - I love L.A., first off - but I didn't realize how much better the air quality was in Vancouver until I went back to L.A. for a weekend and I literally felt like I was breathing fire.
8
Danny Boyle
That survival instinct, that will to live, that need to get back to life again, is more powerful than any consideration of taste, decency, politeness, manners, civility. Anything. It's such a powerful force.
9
Dee Brown
You just don't give up. There have been times when everything seemed to conspire against getting a book done or printed, and I would feel like turning my back on the whole thing. But I came back and persisted.
10
Anna Chlumsky
There were a lot of signs being thrown at me, a lot of angels I was meeting, inspiring me to get back into show business.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «BACK»

Discover the use of back in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to back and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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8 Steps to a Pain-free Back: Natural Posture Solutions for ...
Demonstrates the Gokhale method--a technique for alleviating back pain--using eight steps, and includes illustrations, exercises, and tips on how to deal with issues that might arise while learning each step.
Esther Gokhale, Susan Adams, 2008
2
Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty ...
Pozner exposes the commercial and political agendas behind the genre, revealing how the shows negatively impact women, people of color, and future generations.
Jennifer Pozner, 2010
3
Back Rx: A Fifteen-minute-a-day Yoga-and Pilates-based ...
Providing an effective alternative to invasive and painful surgery, this practical self-paced program includes a gentle workout--which combines breathing techniques, self-massage tips, and a range of exercises based on pilates and ancient ...
Vijay Vad, Hilary Hinzmann, 2004
4
Healing Back Pain Naturally: The Mind-Body Program Proven to ...
A holistic approach to dealing with back pain explains how to use an all-natural program that combines mind-body techniques, specific stretching exercises, breathing techniques, diet and nutrition, and mental pain-coping strategies.
Art Brownstein, 2001
5
Back to Eden: A Human Interest Story of Health and ...
Fully updated to reflect the nutritional needs of the '80s, this new edition of the classic guide to herbal medicine, natural foods and home remedies underscores the fundamental principle that true healing consists of a return to natural ...
Jethro Kloss, 1989
6
Back
Jojo's back, released from jail, and people are tense and afraid all over again.
Norah McClintock, 2009
7
Back
Back is, according to Jeremy Treglown in his introduction, "Henry Green's most extended attempt to plumb the world of the hunted - and haunted".
Henry Green, 2011
8
51 Ways to Get Your Ex-girlfriend Back: Useful and Practical ...
Free of any sneaky tricks or games, this guide will give you common sense advice about ideas on how to help make things work again. D
Zig Robbins, 2010
9
Back Care Basics: A Doctor's Gentle Yoga Program for Back ...
Back Care Basics offers the low-cost solution for back care in the new millenium: therapeutic yoga. Dr. Schatz's approach to back rehabilitation is gentle, effective, and without drugs or surgery.
Mary Pullig Schatz, 2013
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The Bounce Back Book: How to Thrive in the Face of ...
A dynamic guide to happiness offers creative insights and practical techniques for overcoming the challenges of life, with seventy easy-to-accomplish suggestions for transforming adversity into opportunity and for moving forward in life ...
Karen Salmansohn, 2008

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «BACK»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term back is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Auburn VIP 25: Frontrunner at running back lands at No. 5
Auburn offensive lineman Robert Leff and Auburn running back Kamryn Pettway block for Auburn running back Jovon Robinson during the first ... «AL.com, Jul 15»
2
How to get the home button back in Edge
But if you're the type who likes a quick, one-touch way to get back to your homepage, the lack of a home button might be a little disconcerting. «CNET, Jul 15»
3
Manu Ginobili announces he's coming back, as Spurs' strong …
As is the case with fellow future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan, who announced last week that he'll be back next season, the specifics of Manu's ... «Yahoo Sports, Jul 15»
4
New Horizons spacecraft back to normal after suffering terrifying …
After a couple hours of analysis and troubleshooting, mission researchers reported that they identified the issue, and the spacecraft is back to ... «The Verge, Jul 15»
5
Simon Danczuk steps back from campaigning against child abuse
The Labour MP who helped expose the late Liberal MP Cyril Smith as a paedophile is to step back from campaigning against child sexual ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»
6
Syria Regime Hits Back at Rebels
BEIRUT—Syrian government forces and their allied Lebanese militia Hezbollah hit back at rebels around the capital Damascus on Monday, ... «Wall Street Journal, Jul 15»
7
England 'can go back to being mothers, partners and daughters …
England women's team pose with their bronze medals after their arrival from the World Cup at Heathrow Airport on Monday morning. «The Guardian, Jul 15»
8
How Back To The Future made incest family-friendly
When Back to the Future came out 25 years ago, I was too young to see it in theaters. But once I reached video-rental age I kept it—along with ... «National Post, Jul 15»
9
How Motor City Came Back From the Brink…and Left Most …
When I visited last year, I tried to peel back the layers of grievance, recrimination, and dysfunction I'd noticed in the way many Detroiters talked ... «Mother Jones, Jul 15»
10
Minnesotan who conspired to aid IS group to stay in custody after …
Yusuf was sent back into custody in April for violating halfway house rules, but the alleged violation wasn't disclosed until Monday. Davis' order ... «Minneapolis Star Tribune, Jul 15»

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