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phrasal verb [intransitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theycome back
he/she/itcomes back
present participlecoming back
past tensecame back
past participlecome back
  1. 1
    to return to a place
    We knew we’d come back to Cape Cod every summer.
  2. 2
    to start to happen or exist again
    The pain has never come back since.
    The good weather seemed to be coming back at last.
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  3. 3
    to start to be remembered again
    come back to: I can’t think of her name right now, but I’m sure it’ll come back to me.
  4. 4
    to become fashionable again
    Short skirts are coming back again.
  5. 6
    to react or reply, especially by expressing your opinion in a strong clear way
    Jane came back with a strong response.
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