go back

phrasal verb

went back; gone back; going back; goes 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.

Examples of go back in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The man then went outside, but then pulled out a gun and went back into the house toward his girlfriend’s mom. Jennifer Rodriguez, Charlotte Observer, 26 May 2024 The loss snaps Florida’s run of 11 consecutive playoff overtime wins going back to the 2021 postseason. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 25 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for go back 

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“Go back.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/go%20back. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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