Quick answer
"Come back" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "volver", and "get back" is an intransitive verb phrase which is also often translated as "volver". Learn more about the difference between "come back" and "get back" below.
come back(
kuhm
 
bahk
)
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to return)
a. volver
He left without saying when he was coming back.Se marchó sin decir cuando volvería.
b. regresar
She's just come back from a long journey.Acaba de regresar de un largo viaje.
2. (to reply)
a. replicar
I wanted to come back with a witty remark but couldn't think of anything.Quería replicar con alguna agudeza pero no se me ocurrió nada.
3. (to get in contact again)
a. volver a contactar
I'll come back to you this afternoon with more information.Volveré a contactar contigo esta tarde con más información.
4. (to return to memory)
a. volver a la memoria
When I smelt the flowers, memories of my childhood came back to me.Al oler las flores, me volvieron a la memoria recuerdos de mi infancia.
b. acordarse
It's all coming back to me now.Ahora sí me acuerdo de todo.
5. (to return to fashion)
a. volver
Long skirts seem to have come back.Parece que vuelven las faldas largas.
6. (to happen again)
a. volver
Unfortunately, her depression has come back.Lamentablemente, le volvió la depresión.
7. (to be given in answer)
a. llegar en respuesta
I sent my friend an email, and a message came back that the address does not exist.Le envié un correo electrónico a mi amigo, pero me llegó en respuesta un mensaje diciendo que la dirección no existe.
8. (to turn out to be)
a. dar
Susie had a pregnancy test done last week, but it came back negative.Susie se hizo un test de embarazo la semana pasada, pero dio negativo.
9. (games or sports)
a. remontar
The Serbs came back in the final quarter, but the Spanish team held on to win.Los serbios remontaron en el último cuarto, pero el equipo español aguantó y venció.
b. recuperarse
He came back to win the match three sets to one.Se recuperó para ganar el partido por tres sets a uno.
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get back
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to return)
a. volver
When did you get back from your trip?¿Cuándo volviste de tu viaje?
b. regresar
I'm hoping to have dinner ready when my wife gets back from work.Tengo la esperanza de tener la cena lista cuando mi esposa regrese del trabajo.
2. (to go back)
a. volver a ponerse
Our parents told us to get back under the shelter because it was raining.Nuestros padres nos dijeron que volviéramos a ponernos debajo de la marquesina porque estaba lloviendo.
3. (to retreat)
a. retroceder
The policeman told the demontrators to get back.El policía les dijo a los manifestantes que retrocedieran.
b. retirarse
Get back! He's armed!¡Retírense! ¡Está armado!
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
4. (to regain)
a. recuperar
We got back the school flag that our rivals had stolen.Recuperamos la bandera de la escuela que nuestros rivales habían robado.
b. recobrar
The doctor recommended that she rest to get back her strength.El doctor le recomendó que descansara para recobrar su fuerza.
5. (to return)
a. devolver
I have to get this book back to the library before Saturday.Tengo que devolver este libro a la biblioteca antes del sábado.
6. (to put back)
a. volver a poner
I can't reach the shelf. Can you help me get this clock back up there?No puedo alcanzar la estantería. ¿Me ayudas a volver a poner este reloj allí?
7. (to win back)
a. volver con
If you want to get him back, you'll have to mend your ways.Si quieres conseguir que vuelva contigo, tendrás que enmendarte.
b. reconquistar
You'll never get her back now. She's got a new boyfriend.Ya no vas a poder reconquistarla, tiene un nuevo novio.
8.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to have revenge on)
a. vengarse de
Don't worry, he's not going to get away with it. I'll get him back later.No te preocupes, que esto no va a quedar así. Me voy a vengar de él más tarde.
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