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phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theystart back
he/she/itstarts back
present participlestarting back
past tensestarted back
past participlestarted back
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  1. 1
    to begin returning to a place
    It’s time we were starting back.
    start back to/towards: The rest of us had started back to Oxford.
  2. 3
    to begin studying or working again after a break
    I want to start back as soon as I’m fit.
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