take back

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take back

1. To take possession of something one had previously given, lent, or lost possession of to someone else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "back." I want to take back my video game from Jerry so I can play it over the weekend. This bank foreclosed on me illegally. The way I see it, this is just taking my own money back.
2. To return something one has purchased for a refund. A noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "back." I need to take back this blender—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. A noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "back." If you don't take that back, I'm telling Mom! 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. A noun or pronoun is 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. A 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! Gina is going to take back Benny again, I just know it.
See also: back, take

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.
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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!
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take one back (to some time)

Fig. to cause one to think of a time in the past. This takes me back to the time I spent the summer in Paris. What you said really takes me back.
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take back

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]
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take back

v.
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.
See also: back, take
References in classic literature ?
One of the stories in The Mabinogion, the story of King Ludd, takes us back a long way.
THE course of our narrative now takes us back to the regions beyond the mountains, to dispose of the parties that set out from Astoria, in company with Mr.
Our duty now takes us back for a brief space to some old Hampshire acquaintances of ours, whose hopes respecting the disposal of their rich kinswoman's property were so woefully disappointed.
Viceroy's House, starring Gillian Anderson and Hugh Bonneville, takes us back to India in the Forties
If you have yet to watch the hit FX series from Glee creator Ryan Murphy and American Horror Story's Brad Falchuk (broadcast in the UK on BBC2) - it takes us back to New York City in the late Seventies and Eighties and explores the underground culture of drag balls set against the growing AIDS crisis.
LET'S hope this latest talks process takes us back into government.
Based on the hit movie starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, The Wedding Singer takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good and the wedding singer was the coolest man in town.
And I reckon we will all be talking like Jacob Rees-Mogg after Brexit takes us back a couple of centuries.
20 (Petra) -- Australia's Governor-General Peter Cosgrove, commended on Friday the civilizational achievements treasured at the Jordan Museum which takes us back to the past.
Gessen takes us back in time twiceonce to 2008, and then once again to the 19th century.
Shot Caller begins with Jacob (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) being released from prison after a 10-year term, then takes us back to his charmed life before he was imprisoned.
WOMAN In Gold (tonight, BBC2, 8.30pm) takes us back to the turn of the 20th century, as Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer (Henry Goodman) commissions artist Gustav Klimt to paint his wife Adele (Antje Traue).
The former Labour Prime Minister said it was "a tragedy" that the two choices facing the electorate were the Tories pursuing a hard Brexit and "an ultra-left Labour Party" which has "a set of policies that takes us back to the Sixties".