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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 decided to come back to Scotland for another holiday.

  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.

  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.

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