how to pronounce backwards


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the above transcription of backwards is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

backwards is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of backwards in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… they got it exactly backwards we have …”

meanings of backwards


  1. Synonym of backward; see usage notes there.


  1. Synonym of backward; see usage notes there.

backwards frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word backwards occurs in english on average 12.9 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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