go back

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English[edit]

Verb[edit]

go back (third-person singular simple present goes back, present participle going back, simple past went back, past participle gone back)

  1. (intransitive) To return to a place after having been there at a previous time.
  2. (intransitive, of two or more persons) To have known each other for a certain length of time.
    Bill and I go back to college.
  3. (intransitive, used with "on") To abandon, desert, betray or fail someone or something.
    You promised me that you'd pay up today, no going back on your word.

Usage notes[edit]

(sense 1:) "Go" is used when talking about returning to a place where the speaker is not presently located. Otherwise "come" (come back) is used.

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