- (intransitive) To return to a place after having been there at a previous time.
1909, Archibald Marshall [pseudonym; Arthur Hammond Marshall], chapter I, in The Squire’s Daughter, London: Methuen, OCLC 12026604; republished New York, N.Y.: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1919, OCLC 491297620:
- He tried to persuade Cicely to stay away from the ball-room for a fourth dance. […] But she said she must go back, and when they joined the crowd again […] she found her mother standing up before the seat on which she had sat all the evening searching anxiously for her with her eyes, and her father by her side.
- (intransitive, of two or more persons) To have known each other for a certain length of time.
- Bill and I go back to college.
- (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.
- (return): Go back is used chiefly when talking about returning to a place where the speaker is not presently located. Otherwise come back is more common.
to return to a place
to have known each other
to abandon, desert, betray or fail someone or something