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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theytake back
he/she/ittakes back
present participletaking back
past tensetook back
past participletaken back
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  1. 1
    to take something that you have bought back to the shops because it is broken or not suitable

    If you don’t like the scarf, I can take it back.

  2. 2
    to accept someone again after they have left a relationship, job etc and want to return to it

    She had an affair, but then he took her back.

  3. 3
    to admit that something you said to or about someone was wrong

    I didn’t mean what I said – I take it back.

  4. 4
    take someone back to remind someone of something in the past

    This song always takes me back to my childhood.

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