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present tense
I/you/we/theyget back
he/she/itgets back
present participlegetting back
past tensegot back
past participlegotten 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 dinner.

    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.

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  3. 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.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of get back
    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.

      Synonyms and related words for this sense of get back
  4. 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.

  5. 6
    [always in imperative] spoken used for telling someone to move away because they are in danger
See also main entry: get

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