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

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The couple first met and dated in college, but broke up for several years before getting back together. Tamara Fuentes, Country Living, "Luke Bryan and His Wife Caroline Boyer Have the Most Relatable Love Story," 28 Mar. 2019 Swan referred to Intel’s divestiture of McAfee and its sale of Wind River as indicators that Intel plans to get back to basics. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel CEO Swan says chip shortages will never happen again on his watch," 25 Apr. 2019 Doughty early last season left open the possibility of leaving, particularly if the Kings didn’t get back to playoff success. Curtis Zupke,, "Drew Doughty agrees to eight-year contract extension with Kings," 30 June 2018 The process of getting back into the gym was humbling. Marie Claire, "Katelyn Ohashi Takes a Bow," 19 Apr. 2019 The last slide even shows the elephant Harry and Meghan attended to getting back up after receiving its collar. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Shared a Previously Unseen Photo From Their Botswana Trip," 4 Apr. 2019 The Hinsdale Little League Baseball 12-year-olds took the first big step toward getting back to Indianapolis for the Great Lakes Regional by clinching the District 11 title Thursday at Peirce Park in Hinsdale. Chuck Fieldman,, "Hinsdale 12-year-olds win Little League Baseball District championship, head to sectionals," 13 July 2018 Focus on getting back the maximum return on your investment. Brett Martin, House Beautiful, "Is Your Renovation Actually Worth It?," 13 July 2018 The Dolphins, meanwhile, are close to getting back on the football field. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "What would Miami Dolphins-themed soccer kits look like? Here’s a look," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of get back

1605, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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25 May 2019

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The first known use of get back was in 1605

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a strong desire or propensity

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