give back - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theygive back
he/she/itgives back
present participlegiving back
past tensegave back
past participlegiven back
  1. 1
    to give someone something that they owned or had before

    The company had to give back all the money customers had paid.

    give someone back something:

    We just want them to give us back our home.

  2. 2
    to allow someone to feel an emotion again that they had stopped feeling
    give someone back something:

    A win today could give her back her confidence.

See also main entry: give