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Definition of backtrack verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they backtrack
    he / she / it backtracks
    past simple backtracked
    -ing form backtracking
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  1. 1[intransitive] to go back along the same route that you have just come along The path suddenly disappeared and we had to backtrack.
  2. 2[intransitive] to change an earlier statement, opinion, or promise because of pressure from someone or something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: backtrack