get back

got back; got back or gotten back; getting back; gets back

Definition of get back

intransitive verb

1 : to come or go again to a person, place, or condition : return, revert getting back to the main topic of the lecture
2 : to gain revenge : retaliate usually used with at

transitive verb

: to regain possession of : recover

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Examples of get back in a Sentence

the distraught owner cried that she would do anything to get back her lost dog
Recent Examples on the Web Bickerstaff said recently Love is itching to get back and is genuinely excited to play with this group that has shown plenty of promise during his extended absence. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Kevin Love goes through individual on-court workout before Cavs’ game Saturday; road trip status uncertain," 7 Feb. 2021 Loggers, timber companies and those dependent on the wood products industry want to get as much wood out of the forests and replant them as soon as possible to get back into a regular harvest rotation. oregonlive, "Wildfire recovery plan for Santiam State Forest garners blowback from all corners," 15 Jan. 2021 Ready to get your reset your energy and get back on track for 2021? Rachaell Davis, Essence, "ESSENCE Wellness House Is Back To Help You Reset Your 2021!," 14 Jan. 2021 First, there is a vaccine and hope on the horizon, and there is nothing better than that for helping life get back to normal and getting folks back into our stores and shops. Steve Strauss, USA TODAY, "Santa, can you hear me? A small business holiday wish list," 24 Dec. 2020 Sorting through the blame would require a lengthy process, and all the Bears can concern themselves is trying to get back to .500 and stay in the playoff race. Brad Biggs,, "A ‘comfortable’ Mitch Trubisky has had a voice in some of the changes to the Chicago Bears offense. Why didn’t they happen sooner? ‘I was asking,’ the quarterback says.," 16 Dec. 2020 Many travelers, too, are itching to get back outside and enjoy some fresh powder after months cooped up at home. Sarah Kuta, Condé Nast Traveler, "Is It Safe to Go Skiing This Winter? Experts Weigh In," 16 Dec. 2020 Through it all, Kemp says, Michigan just wanted to get back to normal and resume competition. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Was the 2020 Michigan football season worth it? Carlo Kemp thinks so," 14 Dec. 2020 But for McVay, the only way to wash away the nasty taste of that Super Bowl loss will be to get back to the NFL mountaintop and win it all. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, "Rams get no rings for this win, only satisfaction," 10 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of get back

1605, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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22 Feb 2021

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“Get back.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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