get back


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

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

: to regain possession of : recover

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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Word History

First Known Use

1605, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of get back was in 1605

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“Get back.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

get back

: to return to a person, place, or condition
getting back to our first topic
: to get revenge
get back at him for the insult
: to regain possession of

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