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give back

1. To return or restore something to someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "give" and "back." Give me back my sweater, you brat! Did I ever give you your pen back?
2. To act in a charitable manner, often by donating money or volunteering. I like to give back to my community by working with other volunteers to clean up our local parks.
See also: back, give

give someone or something back (to someone or something)

to return someone or something to someone or something. Please give it back to me. You took my lunch away from me. You had better give it back. Give back the book right now!
See also: back, give

give something back

 (to someone) (with interest)
1. Lit. to return money to someone with an additional amount for interest. You are going to have to give that money back to me with interest. Please give back the proper amount... with interest!
2. Fig. to return something to someone in excess of what was received. We will give back all your kindness to you with interest. We will give it all back with interest.
See also: back, give

give back

v.
To return something: Don't forget to give the books back when you're done with them. I gave back the hammer when the job was done.
See also: back, give
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"A corneal transplant can give someone back the gift of sight," he added.
"By supporting our campaign you will help make the difference on whether someone can eat or heat their home, and give someone back their independence.
"An implant patching across damage on the spinal cord may even by able to give someone back some feeling or movement," Professor Harwin was quoted as saying, by the Mirror.
For just pounds 5 readers can give someone back their sight through an operation to treat the blinding condition trachoma.
"There's no better satisfaction than knowing you helped give someone back their eyesight," she said.
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