get back

verb

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

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Russia wanted Iraq to get back on its feet and settle its debts for Soviet arms deliveries. The Economist, "How Iraq was deprived of its weapons of mass destruction," 5 July 2018 That gets back to GoFly’s goal of making the skies accessible to everyone, and the dream of personal flight a (pleasant) reality. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Boeing's $2 Million Challenge to Make the Sky Fun Again—With 'Flying Motorbikes'," 14 June 2018 There was still a bit of drama in the fourth quarter, with the Rockets getting back to within six. Al Saracevic, San Francisco Chronicle, "Just when you thought it was over, Warriors roar back for NBA Finals berth," 28 May 2018 Three years after originating the role of Zoe Murphy in Broadway's Tony-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen, the Glee alum is ready to get back in front of the camera. Evan Real, The Hollywood Reporter, "Laura Dreyfuss Leaving 'Dear Evan Hansen' for New TV Project," 12 July 2018 In theory, the new moon is a chance to kick back and relax, to nest, to get back in touch with yourself and your body, to reflect and craft grand plans for future successes. refinery29.com, "What It Means If Your New Moon Is Decidedly Not Chill," 12 July 2018 The Crew had a chance to get back in it when a Federico Higuain pass gave Zardes the ball in front of goal, but David Bingham made a save from close range with his left foot, and the two rebounds that followed were blocked. Danny O'boyle, latimes.com, "Galaxy take control in 4-0 shutout win over Columbus Crew," 7 July 2018 That's what Hand threw after getting back in the count at 2-2, and Choo deposited it onto the outfield grass. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction tries to explain why Willie Calhoun was passed over yet again," 26 June 2018 Miller's last decent season came in 2015 with Atlanta, but the D'backs are a first-place team and pitching at Miami isn't a bad way to get back in the game. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Fantasy baseball waiver wire: Several new closer jobs open up," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of get back

1605, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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