give back

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give back (third-person singular simple present gives back, present participle giving back, simple past gave back, past participle given back)

  1. (transitive) To return, restore (a thing to its original owner or location etc.).
    Give me back my book!
  2. (transitive, intransitive, idiomatic) To contribute money, goods, or, especially, services for charitable purposes, as if in return for one's own success.
    We organize this Thanksgiving dinner at the old-age home to give back to the community.
  3. (archaic) To recede; to retreat.

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