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Definition of backtrack verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    backtrack

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈbæktræk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæktræk//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they backtrack
    BrE BrE//ˈbæktræk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæktræk//
     
    he / she / it backtracks
    BrE BrE//ˈbæktræks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæktræks//
     
    past simple backtracked
    BrE BrE//ˈbæktrækt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæktrækt//
     
    past participle backtracked
    BrE BrE//ˈbæktrækt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæktrækt//
     
    -ing form backtracking
    BrE BrE//ˈbæktrækɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæktrækɪŋ//
     
     
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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 somebody/something
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: backtrack