UK [ˈbækˌtræk] / US verb [intransitive]
Word forms "backtrack":
present tense I/you/we/they backtrack he/she/it backtracks present participle backtracking past tense backtracked past participle backtracked
1) to change your intentions, so that you become less willing or less likely to do something that you said you would do
backtrack on:

The government is backtracking on its commitment to increase spending.

2) to return to a subject you were discussing before
3) to go back in the direction from which you have come

English dictionary. 2014.

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