get back - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb
present tense
I/you/we/theyget back
he/she/itgets back
present participlegetting back
past tensegot back
past participlegot back
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to return to a place

    It’s late, I ought to get back.

    Dad always got back home in time for tea.

    get back from/to:

    What time does Sara get back from work?

  2. 2
    [transitive] to receive or have something again after a time when it was taken or lost

    She left her briefcase on the train and she doesn’t know how to get it back.

    1. a.
      if you get your money back, the money that you paid for something is given back to you
  3. 3
    [transitive] get someone back to do something to hurt or upset someone because they have done something to hurt or upset you
  4. 4
    [transitive] get something back to make something return to the state or condition it was in before

    It won’t take long for us to get things back the way they were.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to return to the state or condition you were in before
      get back to/in/into:

      I woke early and couldn’t get back to sleep.

      She needs to get back in control of her life.

  5. 5
    [intransitive] to start doing something again after not doing it for a period of time
    get back to/into:

    She was eager to get back to work after she had her baby.

    A year after his band broke up, he wants to get back into music again.

  6. 6
    [always in imperative] spoken used for telling someone to move away because they are in danger
See also main entry: get