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GET BACK

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does get back mean? 

GET BACK (verb)
  The verb GET BACK has 4 senses:

1. come back to place where one has been before, or return to a previous activity
2. recover something or somebody that appeared to be lost
3. take revenge or even out a score
4. get one's revenge for a wrong or an injury

  Familiarity information: GET BACK used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


GET BACK (verb)


Sense 1get back [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Come back to place where one has been before, or return to a previous activity

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

come back; get back; go back; return

Hypernyms (to "get back" is one way to...):

go; locomote; move; travel (change location; move, travel, or proceed)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "get back"):

boomerang (return to the initial position from where it came; like a boomerang)

return (return to a previous position; in mathematics)

go home; head home (return home)

home (return home accurately from a long distance)

cut back; flash back (return in time)

backtrack; double back; turn back (retrace one's course)

retrace; trace (to go back over again)

revisit (visit again)

resurrect; rise; uprise (return from the dead)

bounce (come back after being refused)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence example:

The children get back to the playground


Sense 2get back [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Recover something or somebody that appeared to be lost

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

win back; get back

Context examples:

We got back the money after we threatened to sue the company / He got back his son from the kidnappers

Hypernyms (to "get back" is one way to...):

acquire; get (come into the possession of something concrete or abstract)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 3get back [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take revenge or even out a score

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

get even; get back

Context example:

I cannot accept the defeat--I want to get even

Hypernyms (to "get back" is one way to...):

avenge; retaliate; revenge (take revenge for a perceived wrong)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "get back"):

fix; get; pay back; pay off (take vengeance on or get even)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 4get back [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Get one's revenge for a wrong or an injury

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

get back; settle

Context example:

I finally settled with my old enemy

Hypernyms (to "get back" is one way to...):

contend; fight; struggle (be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


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