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English definition of “go back”

go back

(ORIGIN) phrasal verb with go     /ɡəʊ/ US  /ɡoʊ/ verb (present participle going, past tense went, past participle gone)
to have existed since a time in the past: Their relationship goes back to when they were at university together. Our house goes back to (= has existed since) the 18th century .Existing and beingContinue and last
(Definition of go back (ORIGIN) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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