Meaning of “come back” in the English Dictionary

"come back" in British English

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come back

phrasal verb with come uk /kʌm/ us /kʌm/ verb came, come

(RETURN)

A2 to return to a place:

I'll come back and pick you up in half an hour.
We've just come back from Amsterdam.

More examples

  • When is Tom coming back from Ireland?
  • I have to do a bit of shopping, but I'll come back later.
  • I thought my rash had gone, but it seems to have come back.
  • I came back to my home town to see if I could find out more about my parents.
  • A lot of young people leave the town and never come back.

(FASHION)

If a style or a fashion comes back, it becomes popular again after being unpopular for a period of time:

Padded shoulders are coming back, apparently.
Long hair on men seems to be coming back into fashion.

More examples

  • It looks like beehive hairdos are coming back!
  • All those 20s fashions are coming back.
  • I hope tank tops never come back into fashion.

(Definition of “come back” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"come back" in American English

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come back

phrasal verb with come us /kʌm/ verb past tense came /keɪm/ , past participle come

(RETURN)

to return:

Come back and see us again sometime.

come back

phrasal verb with come us /kʌm/ verb past tense came /keɪm/ , past participle come

(REMEMBER)

to remember something you had previously forgotten:

As soon as she entered the school, childhood memories came rushing back.

(Definition of “come back” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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