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1. To repossess something one had given or leant to someone else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "back." I want to take back my videogame from Jerry so I can play it over the weekend. The store offered to take the computer back if there were any technical faults with it.
2. To return something one has purchased. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "back." I need to take this blender back—it doesn't work when I plug it in! You can take anything you've purchased back to us within 14 days, so long as it is still unopened in its original packaging.
3. To retract or rescind something one has said. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "back." If you don't take that back, I'm going to punch your lights out! The senator quickly took back his statement, claiming he had gotten confused on the issue.
4. To transport one mentally or emotionally to a time in the past. In this usage, a name, noun, or pronoun can be used between "take" and "back." Wow, hearing that song really takes me back!
5. To accept someone back into one's life to resume a romantic relationship. In this usage, a name, noun, or pronoun can be used between "take" and "back." I can't believe you took her back after you caught her cheating on you!
take something back (from someone)
to take possession of something that one had previously given away. I took my sweater back from Tim, since he never wore it. I took back my money from the child.
take something back
to retract a statement; to rescind one's remark. You had better take back what you said about my sister. I won't take what I said back! She's a twit!
1. Retract a statement, as in I said you weren't much of a cook but after that dinner I take it all back. This usage was first recorded in 1775.
2. take one back. Return in thought to a past time, as in That music takes me back to the first dance I ever went to. [Late 1800s]
1. To retrieve and regain possession of something: I had to take back my jacket from your closet because I need to wear it. I took my book back because I forgot that I had written some notes in the margins. The store won't take back clothing if it has been worn.
2. To return something to some location: I took the book back to the library. The toaster I bought didn't work, so I had to take it back.
3. To cause someone to return in thought to a past time: That old song sure takes me back. The smell of the ocean takes me back to our first trip to the beach.
4. To retract something stated, written, or done: What a terrible thing to say—I demand that you take it back. After your bad behavior, I take back all the nice things I said about you. I wish I could take back my embarrassing performance.