Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

backtrack

verb
     
back‧track [intransitive]
1 to change an opinion or promise that you gave so that it is not as strong as it was earlier [↪ backpedal]
backtrack on
The President is backtracking on his promise to increase healthcare spending.
2 to return by the same way that you came:
We had to backtrack about a mile.

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary