go back

phrasal verb
went back; gone back; going back; goes back

Definition of go back

1 : to return to a place I forgot my purse and had to go back for it. After college she went back home. Go back inside! You'll catch cold.
2 : to return to doing something I turned off the alarm and went back to sleep. He waved hello, then went right back to work. She went back to eating her dinner.
3 : to have existed for a particular amount of time or since a particular period These ruins go back hundreds of years.
4 : to have known each other for an amount of time We go back 30 years. He and I go back a long way.
5 : to think or talk about something from the past To fully understand the issues, we have to go back a few years.

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“Go back.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/go%20back. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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