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

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 Take some deep breaths, Jack’s occupational therapist Katy Everhart said, and both Jack and the horse calmed down, ready to get back to work. Kelly Wilkinson, The Indianapolis Star, 12 May 2022 Now, Reed tells PEOPLE Rich Strike is ready to get back to training. Eileen Finan, PEOPLE.com, 11 May 2022 Gamblers, eager to get back to slot machines and blackjack tables, have shrugged off inflation increases and fueled a record-breaking March for the casino industry. Joseph De Avila, WSJ, 11 May 2022 Many are eager to get back to the office, but others want a more adaptive approach. oregonlive, 6 May 2022 Hoping to get back to some more challenging five letter entries soon. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 4 May 2022 The Suns are trying to get back to the NBA Finals for a second straight season, while this is the first time the Mavericks have been past the first round since Doncic came into the league. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 2 May 2022 Chris Paul was able to shake off some uncharacteristic performances to look like a star once again, which is what Phoenix needs to get back to the NBA Finals. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 29 Apr. 2022 With Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry missing Tuesday night’s series-clinching 97-94 victory over the visiting Atlanta Hawks, both now have until Monday to get back to speed. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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get back

get back at (someone)

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Last Updated

17 May 2022

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“Get back.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/get%20back. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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