give back

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give 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.
    • (Can we date this quote by Bunyan and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      They gave back and came no farther.