get back

verb
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 That should become delightfully apparent whenever Curry gets back on the court. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors destined to flounder, awaiting Splash Brothers’ return," 3 Dec. 2019 He can be seen walking into the water and submerging himself in the water before getting back out. Allen Kim, CNN, "Browns fan goes on rant and jumps into Lake Erie after revenge loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers," 2 Dec. 2019 And, perhaps like most players striving for greatness, Sorkin doesn’t waste much time getting back to work to make his game better. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Golf Player of the Year: Westminster’s Aaron Sorkin rarely satisfied when shaping all-around game," 1 Dec. 2019 There was more confusion after the two teams got back out on the field, so the field goal unit got the chance to talk it out a little more before Carlson went for it. Giana Han, al, "Anders Carlson gets back in rhythm in Auburn’s Iron Bowl win," 1 Dec. 2019 That struggle is what led to her new post-pregnancy workout program, to help women who have just given birth figure out how to get back in shape in a safe way. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "Kayla Itsines Was 'Devastated' the First Time She Exercised After Giving Birth," 26 Nov. 2019 In addition to maintaining current services, the budget includes year-round shelter beds for the homeless, more police, adds a bus route and dedicates funds to help students who have experienced trauma get back on track academically. Aubrey Wieber, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage Assembly OKs $540M budget with boost in homeless services and more police," 21 Nov. 2019 Get our daily newsletter Mr Khalilzad spent a long time preparing the ground for peace talks, especially getting backing for them from neighbouring countries such as Pakistan. The Economist, "Why no one can afford to call off peace talks in Afghanistan," 16 Nov. 2019 An error would be catastrophic and unforgivable, so Rosehill uses two forms of ID to make sure the family gets back the right remains. Caren Chesler, Popular Mechanics, "Burning Out: What Really Happens Inside a Crematorium," 8 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of get back

1605, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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The first known use of get back was in 1605

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7 Dec 2019

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“Get back.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/get%20back. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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