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  1. [verb] retrace one's course; "The hikers got into a storm and had to turn back"
    Synonyms: backtrack, double back

  2. [verb] go back to a previous state; "We reverted to the old rules"
    Synonyms: revert, return, retrovert, regress

  3. [verb] force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings; "Drive away potential burglars"; "drive away bad thoughts"; "dispel doubts"; "The supermarket had to turn back many disappointed customers"
    Synonyms: chase away, drive out, drive away, dispel, drive off, run off

  4. [verb] hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of; "Arrest the downward trend"; "Check the growth of communism in Sout East Asia"; "Contain the rebel movement"; "Turn back the tide of communism"
    Synonyms: check, arrest, stop, contain, hold back


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