- to return by the same path
- to withdraw from a position, attitude, etc.
Hikers retracing their steps so they would not get lost is an example of backtrack.
intransitive verbback·tracked, back·track·ing, back·tracks
- To go back over the course by which one has come.
- To return to a previous point or subject, as in a lecture or discussion.
- To reverse one's position or policy.
- the act of backtracking
(third-person singular simple present backtracks, present participle backtracking, simple past and past participle backtracked)
- to retrace one's steps
- I dropped my sunglasses and had to backtrack to find them.
- to repeat or review work already done
- If we backtrack through this problem, maybe we can figure out where we went wrong.
- (aviation) To taxi down an active runway in the opposite direction to that being used for takeoff
- Speedbird One: Enter and backtrack Runway 27 Left
- They provide you the option to backtrack if you missed something or forgot a desired souvenir.
- After a mishap has occurred, it's too late to backtrack and think about how you should have behaved.
- Every once in a while you'll have to backtrack to grab some gear or hack a computer.