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Definition of come back phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

come back

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
 
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Phrasal Verbs
  1. 1to return You came back (= came home) very late last night. The colour was coming back to her cheeks. (figurative) United came back from being two goals down to win 3–2. Synonymsreturncome back go back get back turn backThese words all mean to come or go back from one place to another.return to come or go back from one place to another:I waited a long time for him to return. Return is slightly more formal than the other words in this group, and is used more often in writing or formal speech.come back to return. Come back is usually used from the point of view of the person or place that somebody returns to:Come back and visit again soon!go back to return to the place you recently or originally came from or that you have been to before. Go back is usually used from the point of view of the person who is returning:Do you ever want to go back to China?get back to arrive back somewhere, especially at your home or the place where you are staying:What time did you get back last night?turn back to return the way that you came, especially because something stops you from continuing:The weather got so bad that we had to turn back.Patterns to return/​come back/​go back/​get back to/​from/​with something to return/​come back/​go back/​get back/​turn back again to return/​come back/​go back/​get back home/​to work to return/​come back/​get back safely
  2. 2to become popular or successful again Long hair for men seems to be coming back in.
  3. related noun comeback (2)

come back (at somebody) (with something)

 
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to reply to somebody angrily or with force She came back at the speaker with some sharp questions. related noun comeback (3)

come back (to somebody)

 
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to return to somebody’s memory It's all coming back to me now. Once you've been in France a few days, your French will soon come back.
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