[ bak-trak ]
/ ˈbækˌtræk /

verb (used without object)

to return over the same course or route.
to withdraw from an undertaking, position, etc.; reverse a policy.

Origin of backtrack

An Americanism dating back to 1715–25; back2 + track Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for backtracking

  • On the other hand, the backtracking and clarifications obviously undermined that.

    Abbas Stays Put On Refugees|Hussein Ibish|November 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
  • Backtracking ourselves, we found where she had left the road and had hidden behind a big rock while we had passed.

    I Married a Ranger|Dama Margaret Smith
  • In backtracking along the highway, they encountered two extensive patches of flood water.

    Dan Carter Cub Scout|Mildred A. Wirt
  • If we did, we'd have to do a lot of backtracking to get back to this dead star.

    Islands of Space|John W Campbell

British Dictionary definitions for backtracking


/ (ˈbækˌtræk) /

verb (intr)

to return by the same route by which one has come
to retract or reverse one's opinion, action, policy, etc

Derived Forms

backtracking, noun
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