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back back [bæk] verb [transitive]
1. to support someone or something, especially by giving money or using your influence:

• The board backed Mr Standley, who plans to cut costs.

• Shareholders have backed a plan to build a second plant.

2. FINANCE if Securities are backed by particular assets, they are supported by income from them:

• This new generation of securities is backed by aircraft leases, royalty streams from films, student loans and auto loans.

— see also asset-backed security security
back something → up phrasal verb [transitive]
COMPUTING to put copies of information held on a computer onto a disk, so that the information is not lost if there is a problem with the computer:

• This allows users to back up the database without shutting it down.

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Ⅰ.
back UK US /bæk/ verb [T]
to give support or approval to someone or something: »

Shareholders will be asked to back the proposals.

FINANCE to provide financial support for someone or something: »

A handful of firms will sell more than $2 billion of bonds backed by home equity, credit card, and other loans.

»

Demand continues for government-backed loans.

»

Investors are snapping up asset-backed bonds.

Ⅱ.
back UK US /bæk/ adjective [before noun]
back pay/rent/tax, etc. — Cf. back rent/tax
on the back burner — Cf. on the back burner
take a back seat — Cf. take a back seat
Ⅲ.
back UK US /bæk/ adverb
in return or reply: »

I'm busy at the moment - can I call you back?

»

I e-mailed the customer services department and they said they would get back to me tomorrow.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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