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
Recent Examples on the Web Finding the motivation to get back to the gym and get healthy must come from within, says Jonathan Leary, founder of Remedy Place, a social wellness club. Stacey Leasca, Time, "Struggling to Get Back Into a Workout Routine? These 5 Strategies Could Help," 17 Sep. 2019 Pick one for now, save some for later, and get back to your amazing trip already! Andra Chantim, Good Housekeeping, "35 Dreamy Travel Instagram Captions for When the Views Leave You Speechless," 10 Sep. 2019 He was clearly galvanized by the experience, very happy to get back to work, very happy that it wasn’t being produced by Harvey Weinstein. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "James Gray’s Journey from the Outer Boroughs to Outer Space," 9 Sep. 2019 The pair noticed officers in a marked squad car watching and also fired shots at them after getting back inside the Caravan, according to Chicago police. Alice Yin,, "1 arrested after gunmen fire at officers who saw them shoot man in East Garfield Park, police say," 7 Sep. 2019 After getting back out in the dating scene, Love decided to approach things with a more open mind. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Loni Love Speaks On The Backlash She Gets For Being In An Interracial Relationship, Addresses Double Standards," 23 Aug. 2019 That quest includes enlisting the help of his estranged father before Banning gets back to save the president from the real threat. Chris Thilk, The Hollywood Reporter, "Lionsgate Bets on Durability of 'Angel Has Fallen' to Keep Franchise Going," 23 Aug. 2019 This prompts a knowing glance and then an outburst of maniacal laughter from Cage who then gets back into his car and drives off. Clark Collis,, "'He came with a big rubber nose': The untold story behind that insane Nicolas Cage viral clip," 27 July 2019 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

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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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26 Oct 2019

Cite this Entry

“Get back.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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