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

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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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Word of his behavior in Paris had gotten back to Charleville, and for years after his death, his poetry remained taboo in his own hometown. New York Times, "A Rebel French Poet Draws New Followers to the Hometown He Hated," 16 Sep. 2019 But getting back to pre-attack levels will take weeks. The Economist, "The attack on Saudi oil facilities raises the risks of war," 16 Sep. 2019 The senior defender, and one of his team’s captains, helped Westminster get back to .500 at 2-2. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Boys Soccer: Westminster’s ‘weapon’ works in win over Linganore," 13 Sep. 2019 Just a few months earlier, Collins returned an interception for a touchdown in the Super Bowl, but the three-time Pro Bowl safety never got back on the football field, officially retiring in 2014. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These are the Wisconsin sports injuries that still haunt us," 11 Sep. 2019 The Cambridges likely had to get back to England to prepare for the upcoming school year; George and Charlotte both start classes at Thomas's Battersea next week. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton, Prince William, and the Cambridge Kids Return From Their Vacation in Scotland," 28 Aug. 2019 Pittsburgh now must get back to utilizing an offense that features a greater run-pass balance. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Steelers' Mike Tomlin faces ultimate test after Ben Roethlisberger's injury," 16 Sep. 2019 The flower man got back into his truck and went home to spend the rest of the day in the greenhouse, taking care of his leafy, colorful, beautiful kids. John Carlisle, Freep.com, "Detroit flower man grows hope, brings beauty to community," 12 Sep. 2019 For the Green Bay game, the Vikings could get back cornerback Mike Hughes, who hasn’t played since suffering a torn ACL and other ligament damage in Week 6 last year as a rookie. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Vikings waive TE Brandon Dillon to make room for re-signed center Brett Jones," 11 Sep. 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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