Definition of "backtrack" []

  • To go back over the course by which one has come. (verb-intransitive)
  • To return to a previous point or subject, as in a lecture or discussion. (verb-intransitive)
  • To reverse one's position or policy. (verb-intransitive)
  • To return by the same route by which one has come (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To retract or reverse one's opinion, action, policy, etc (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "backtrack" in a sentence
  • "It may also lead to a situation in which it is not always possible to backtrack from a citation to a source, because somewhere along the way somebody decided a certain, necessary piece of information was unnecessary."
  • "And some may even be trying to backtrack from the political fallout that the desafuero has caused."
  • "At the same time, thousands of conservative politicians will face a dreadful choice: backtrack from the anti-abortion ground they have staked out and risk infuriating their pro-life base; or deliver on their promise to eliminate the right to abortion, and risk the wrath of a moderate, pro-choice majority."