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noun 1 (of a person or animal) baksait; I have a sore back baksait bilong mi i pen; he turned his back on me em i givim baksait long mi; he talked behind my back em i tok baksait long mi; 2 (of a place) a garden at the back of the house gaden long baksait bilong haus.

adjective baksait; the back door dua i stap baksait bilong haus.

adverb bek; 1 to go back go bek; to go back to school go bek long skul; 2 to come back kam bek; they’ve come back from the river ol i kam bek long wara pinis; after how many weeks will you come back? bihain long hamas wik bai yu kam bek gen?; 3 to give back givim bek.

verb 1 (to support) back up helpim, sapotim (a candidate, for example); to help your candidate win the election helpim kendidet bilong yu win long ileksen; 2 (as in take revenge) bekim; he hit me, but I hit him back em i paitim mi, tasol mi bekim; to take excessive revenge bekim tumas; 3 to pay back (as in repay) bekim; this money is to pay you back for your work dispela mani em bekim bilong wok; 4 to give back, (as in to repay, to reward, to return) bekim, bekim bek, givim bek; gave back bekim pinis; to give back something stolen bekim bek samting yu stilim pinis; 5 to go back and forth i go i kam; the saw goes back and forth so i go i kam; 6 move back (as in to reverse, to return something to its original position) surik, surikim; move back a bit surik liklik; move the chair back surikim sia i go bek; 7 to keep back (as in to retain) pasim, holim; they kept back the money ol i pasim mani pinis; 8 to tum back baut, bautim, tanim bek, tanim i kam bek; tum the boat back bautim bot; the plane turned around and came back balus i tanim i kam bek.