- An example of to return is life going back to normal after a chaotic event.
- An example of to return is someone bringing a borrowed item back to the owner.
- to go or come back, as to a former place, condition, practice, opinion, etc.
- to go back in thought or speech: to return to the subject
- to revert to a former owner
- to answer; reply; retort
Origin of returnMiddle English retournen ; from Old French retourner: see re- and amp; turn
- to bring, send, carry, or put back; restore or replace
- to give, send, or do (something equivalent to what has been given, sent, or done); give, send, or do in requital or reciprocation: to return a visit, compliment, etc.
- to produce (a profit, revenue, etc.); yield
- to report or announce officially or formally
- to turn in (a writ, account, or statement) to a judge or other official
- to elect or reelect, as to a legislature
- to replace (a weapon) in its holder
- to turn back or in the opposite direction
- to reflect (sound, light, etc.)
- Archit. to turn away from, or cause to continue on at an angle to, the previous line of direction
- Card Games to respond to (one's partner's lead) with a lead of the same suit
- Law to render (a verdict)
- Sports to hit, throw, or run back (a ball)
- a coming or going back, as to a former place, condition, etc.
- a bringing, sending, carrying, or putting back; restoration or replacement
- something returned
- unsold merchandise returned to the distributor by a retailer or merchandise returned to a retailer by a purchaser
- a coming back again; reappearance; recurrence: many happy returns of the day
- something done or given as an equivalent for that received; repayment; requital; reciprocation
- profit made on an exchange of goods
- yield, profit, or revenue, as from labor, investments, etc.
- yield per unit as compared to cost per unit; rate of yield
- an answer; reply; retort
- a report; esp.,
- an official or formal report, as of the financial condition of a company
- a report on a count of votes at polling places: election returns
- a form on which taxable income is reported and tax is computedin full (income) tax return
- the continuation, as of a molding or colonnade, in a different direction, often at a right angle
- a bend or turn, as in a line or wall
- the section between two such bends
- Card Games a lead in response to one's partner's lead
- the bringing or sending back of a writ, subpoena, summons, etc. to the proper court or official
- a certified report by an election official, assessor, etc.
- a court officer's endorsement on any such document
- a hitting or throwing back of a ball
- a ball so returned
- a running back of a football received on a kick or by an interception
Origin of returnME retorn < the v.
- of or for a return or returning: return postage
- given, sent, done, etc. in return: a return match
- occurring again: a return performance
- returning or returned
- changing or reversing direction or formed by a change or reversal in direction, as a bend in a road
verbre·turned, re·turn·ing, re·turns
- To go or come back, as to an earlier condition or place: She returned to her office after lunch.
- To revert in speech, thought, or practice: I returned to my knitting after answering the phone.
- To revert to a former owner.
- To answer or respond: I said hello to him, and he returned in kind.
- To send, put, or carry back: We return bottles to the store.
- a. To give or send back in reciprocation: She returned his praise.b. To give back to the owner: He returned her book.c. To reflect or send back: The echo was returned by the canyon wall.
- To produce or yield (profit or interest) as a payment for labor, investment, or expenditure.
- Law a. To submit (an official report, for example) to a judge or other person in authority.b. To render or deliver (a writ or verdict, for example) to the proper officer or court of law.
- To elect or reelect, as to a legislative body.
- Games To respond to (a partner's lead) by leading the same suit in cards.
- Architecture To turn away from or place at an angle to the previous line of direction.
- a. Sports To hit or send back (a tennis ball, for example) to one's opponent.b. Football To run with (the ball) after a kickoff, punt, interception, or fumble.
- a. The act or condition of going, coming, bringing, or sending back: After my return, we can discuss this matter further.b. The act of bringing or sending something back to a previous place, condition, or owner: the late return of a library book.
- a. Something brought or sent back.b. returns Merchandise returned, as to a retailer by a consumer or to a wholesaler by a retailer.c. Something that goes or comes back.
- A recurrence, as of a periodic occasion or event: the return of spring.
- Something exchanged for that received; repayment.
- A reply; a response.
- a. The profit made on an exchange of goods.b. often returns A profit or yield, as from labor or investments.c. Output or yield per unit rather than cost per unit, as in the manufacturing of a particular product.
- a. A report, list, or set of statistics, especially one that is formal or official.b. often returns A report on the vote in an election.c. Chiefly British An election.
- Games A lead in certain card games that responds to the lead of one's partner.
- Sports In tennis and certain other sports:a. The act of hitting or sending the ball back to one's opponent.b. The ball thus sent back.
- Football a. The act of running back the ball after a kickoff, punt, interception, or fumble.b. The yardage so gained.
- Architecture a. The extension of a molding, projection, or other part at an angle (usually 90°) to the main part.b. A part of a building set at an angle to the façade.
- a. A turn, bend, or similar reversal of direction, as in a stream or road.b. A pipe or conduit for carrying something, especially water, back to its starting point.
- a. The key or mechanism on a machine, such as a typewriter, that positions the carriage or printing element at the beginning of a new line.b. A key on a computer keyboard or keypad used to begin a new line or paragraph in a text editor.
- Chiefly British A roundtrip ticket.
- Law a. The bringing or sending back of a writ, subpoena, or other document, generally with a short written report on it, by a sheriff or other officer to the court from which it was issued.b. A certified report by an assessor, election officer, collector, or other official.
- A formal tax statement on the required official form indicating taxable income, allowed deductions, exemptions, and the computed tax that is due. Also called income tax return, tax return.
- Of, relating to, or bringing about a going or coming back to a place or situation: the return voyage; a return envelope.
- Given, sent, or done in reciprocation or exchange: a return volley; a return invitation.
- Performed, presented, or taking place again: a return engagement of the ballet; a return tennis match.
- Returning or affording return or recirculation: a return plumbing pipe; a return valve.
- a. Reversing or changing direction.b. Having or formed by a reversal or change in direction; returning on itself, as a bend in a road or stream.
Origin of returnMiddle English retornen, from Old French retourner, from Vulgar Latin *retorn&amacron;re : Latin re-, re- + Latin torn&amacron;re, to turn in a lathe; see turn.
(third-person singular simple present returns, present participle returning, simple past and past participle returned)
- (intransitive) To come or go back (to a place or person).
- Although the birds fly north for the summer, they return here in winter.
- (intransitive) To go back in thought, narration, or argument.
- To return to my story [...]
- To put (place) something back where it had been.
- Please return your hands to your lap.
- To give something back to its original holder or owner.
- You should return the library book within one month.
- To take something back to a retailer for a refund.
- If the goods don't work, you can return them.
- To give in requital or recompense; to requite.
- (tennis) To bat the ball back over the net in response to a serve.
- The player couldn't return the serve because it was so fast.
- (card games) To play a card as a result of another player's lead.
- If one players plays a trump, the others must return a trump.
- (cricket) To throw a ball back to the wicket-keeper (a fielder at that position) from somewhere in the field.
- To say in reply; to respond.
- to return an answer; to return thanks
- (intransitive, computing) To relinquish control to the calling procedure.
- (computing) To pass (data) back to the calling procedure.
- This function returns the number of files in the directory.
- (dated) To retort; to throw back.
- to return the lie
- To report, or bring back and make known.
- to return the result of an election
- (by extension, UK) To elect according to the official report of the election officers.
- The act of returning.
- I expect the house to be spotless upon my return.
- A return ticket.
- Do you want a one-way or a return?
- An item that is returned, e.g. due to a defect.
- Last year there were 250 returns of this product, an improvement on the 500 returns the year before.
- (finance) Gain or loss from an investment.
- It yielded a return of 5%.
- (taxation, finance): A report of income submitted to a government for purposes of specifying exact tax payment amounts. A tax return.
- Hand in your return by the end of the tax year.
- (computing) A carriage return character.
- (computing) The act of relinquishing control to the calling procedure.
- (computing) A return value: the data passed back from a called procedure.
- A short perpendicular extension of a desk, usually slightly lower.
- (American football) Catching a ball after a punt and running it back towards the opposing team.
- (cricket) A throw from a fielder to the wicket-keeper or to another fielder at the wicket.
return - Computer Definition
In programming, upon completion of a routine or function, to go back to the point in the program that called the operation. When a function returns control, it may also return a result in the form of a value. For example, "the read function returns a -1 if the read fails" means that if the computer cannot read the file, before returning from the function, it stores a -1 in a variable defined by the programmer. See function. See also Enter key and return code.
return - Legal Definition
- An officer of the court’s bringing back a court-issued document, such as a writ, and reporting how the officer had done or why he had not done what that document had ordered.
- An income tax return.