1. [ verb ] fall backwards and down
Related terms: lean_back
2. [ verb ] move back and away from
Synonyms: recede retire

"The enemy fell back"

Related terms: advance withdraw ebb retrograde disengagement
3. [ verb ] hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.
Synonyms: lag fall_behind dawdle
Related terms: follow drag dawdler
4. [ verb ] retreat
Synonyms: lose fall_behind recede drop_off
Related terms: gain regress recession
5. [ verb ] have recourse to
Synonyms: resort recur

"The government resorted to rationing meat"

Related terms: use recourse
6. [ verb ] go back to bad behavior
Synonyms: lapse regress recidivate retrogress relapse

"Those who recidivate are often minor criminals"

Related terms: revert backsliding recidivism
Similar spelling:   fallback