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phrasal verb [transitive]
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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.
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