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go back

phrasal verb with go uk   /ɡəʊ/  us   /ɡoʊ/ verb (present participle going, past tense went, past participle gone)

go back (RETURN)

B1 to ​return: That ​restaurant was ​terrible - I'm never going back there again. I'll have to go back for my ​umbrella. Do you ​think you'll ​ever go back to London? When do you go back toschool? Let's go back to the ​beginning and ​start again. We can always go back to the ​originalplan if ​necessary.
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to be ​returned: When are these ​librarybookssupposed to go back ? That TV will have to go back to the ​shop - it hasn't ​workedproperlyever since I ​bought it.

go back (ORIGIN)

to have ​existed since a ​time in the past: Their ​relationship goes back to when they were at ​college together. Our ​house goes back to (= has ​existed since) the 18th ​century.
(Definition of go back from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “go back”
in Arabic يَعود إلى…
in Korean 돌아가다…
in Portuguese voltar…
in Catalan tornar…
in Japanese (~に)帰る(to), 戻る…
in Chinese (Simplified) 回到, 返回…
in Turkish geri gelmek, dönmek…
in Russian возвращаться…
in Chinese (Traditional) 回到, 返回…
in Italian ritornare…
in Polish wracać, przyjeżdżać znowu…
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