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Definition of "backed" []

  • Having or furnished with a back or backing. Often used in combination: a low-backed chair; a high-backed sofa. (adjective)

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.

Use "backed" in a sentence
  • "Now officials are looking to apply it to other markets, such as those for securities backed by commercial real-estate loans and "private label" mortgages that aren't tied to the big U. S.-backed mortgage finance firms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac."
  • "A U. N.-backed war-crimes tribunal is now going after alleged war criminals -- most recently Taylor himself, indicted last month on charges that he'd backed drug-crazed guerrillas in return for access to rebel-dug Sierra Leonean diamonds."
  • "Now, Lebanon's western backed, U. S.-backed prime minister, has called this nothing short of a coup."