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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Kankash got back to Virrey the day before Thanksgiving. Robert Anglen,, "Used-car nightmare: Arizona dealer didn't pay off trades or transfer title to buyers," 17 June 2019 Tabitha’s parents are getting back together just one episode after Lori’s powerful decision to break things off with her cheating husband. Ariana Romero,, "R29 Binge Club: Netflix’s Trinkets Recap," 15 June 2019 Why can’t Madonna get back together with Jellybean and record a freestyle album? Jonny Coleman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: Madonna's Cringe-Worthy 'Madame X'," 14 June 2019 If Mr James can lure another superstar to join him on the Lakers, then one of the NBA’s marquee franchises will get back in the hunt as well. D.r., The Economist, "The Toronto Raptors’ risky bet on Kawhi Leonard pays off with a title," 14 June 2019 The woman then went to the neighbors’ adjoining apartment for assistance in getting back in, the affidavit said. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Police: Boyfriend charged in Hammond domestic incident," 11 June 2019 As a result, McCutchen was caught in no man’s land between first and second, and was injured trying to get back to first base. Bob Brookover,, "Did win over Padres cost the Phillies another reliever? | Extra Innings," 6 June 2019 In the documentary, Kevin says the band didn't get back together for fame or money, but instead to just do something awesome with each other. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Nick, Joe and Kevin Jonas Reveal Why The Jonas Brothers Broke Up In “Chasing Happiness” Documentary," 5 June 2019 Days later, both bored with their regular routines — Karl with his vapid girlfriend, and Danny with stale home life — Danny-as-Lance and Karl-as-Roxette get back into the game, and once again eschew fighting for hooking up. Kaitlin Reilly,, "Black Mirror, Season 5, Episode 1 Recap: "Striking Vipers"," 6 June 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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