Return meaning

rĭ-tûrn'
To go or come back, as to an earlier condition or place.

She returned to her office after lunch.

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To revert in speech, thought, or practice.

I returned to my knitting after answering the phone.

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To revert to a former owner.
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To answer or respond.

I said hello to him, and he returned in kind.

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To send, put, or carry back.

We return bottles to the store.

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To return is defined as to go back to someone or something, or to put something back.

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.

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To produce or yield (profit or interest) as a payment for labor, investment, or expenditure.
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To elect or reelect, as to a legislative body.
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To respond to (a partner's lead) by leading the same suit in cards.
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To turn away from or place at an angle to the previous line of direction.
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A recurrence, as of a periodic occasion or event.

The return of spring.

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Something exchanged for that received; repayment.
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A reply; a response.
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A lead in certain card games that responds to the lead of one's partner.
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In tennis and certain other sports:
  • The act of hitting or sending the ball back to one's opponent.
  • The ball thus sent back.
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A roundtrip ticket.
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A formal tax statement on the required official form indicating taxable income, allowed deductions, exemptions, and the computed tax that is due.
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Of, relating to, or bringing about a going or coming back to a place or situation.

The return voyage; a return envelope.

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Given, sent, or done in reciprocation or exchange.

A return volley; a return invitation.

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Performed, presented, or taking place again.

A return engagement of the ballet; a return tennis match.

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Returning or affording return or recirculation.

A return plumbing pipe; a return valve.

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To go or come back, as to a former place, condition, practice, opinion, etc.
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To go back in thought or speech.

To return to the subject.

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To revert to a former owner.
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To answer; reply; retort.
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To bring, send, carry, or put back; restore or replace.
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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.

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To produce (a profit, revenue, etc.); yield.
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To elect or reelect, as to a legislature.
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To replace (a weapon) in its holder.
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To turn back or in the opposite direction.
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To reflect (sound, light, etc.)
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To turn away from, or cause to continue on at an angle to, the previous line of direction.
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To respond to (one's partner's lead) with a lead of the same suit.
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To render (a verdict)
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To hit, throw, or run back (a ball)
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A coming or going back, as to a former place, condition, etc.
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A bringing, sending, carrying, or putting back; restoration or replacement.
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A coming back again; reappearance; recurrence.

Many happy returns of the day.

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Something done or given as an equivalent for that received; repayment; requital; reciprocation.
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An answer; reply; retort.
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A report.
  • 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 computed.
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A lead in response to one's partner's lead.
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Of or for a return or returning.

Return postage.

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Given, sent, done, etc. in return.

A return match.

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Occurring again.

A return performance.

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Returning or returned.
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Changing or reversing direction or formed by a change or reversal in direction, as a bend in a road.
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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.
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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.
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An income tax return.
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(intransitive) To come or go back (to a place or person).

Although the birds fly north for the summer, they return here in winter.

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(intransitive) To go back in thought, narration, or argument.

To return to my story [...]

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To put (place) something back where it had been.

Please return your hands to your lap.

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To give something back to its original holder or owner.

You should return the library book within one month.

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To take something back to a retailer for a refund.

If the goods don't work, you can return them.

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To give in requital or recompense; to requite.
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(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.

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(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.

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(cricket) To throw a ball back to the wicket-keeper (a fielder at that position) from somewhere in the field.
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To say in reply; to respond.

To return an answer; to return thanks.

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(intransitive, computing) To relinquish control to the calling procedure.
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(computing) To pass (data) back to the calling procedure.

This function returns the number of files in the directory.

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(dated) To retort; to throw back.

To return the lie.

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To report, or bring back and make known.

To return the result of an election.

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(by extension, UK) To elect according to the official report of the election officers.
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The act of returning.

I expect the house to be spotless upon my return.

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A return ticket.

Do you want a one-way or a return?

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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.

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(finance) Gain or loss from an investment.

It yielded a return of 5%.

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(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.

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(computing) A carriage return character.
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(computing) The act of relinquishing control to the calling procedure.
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(computing) A return value: the data passed back from a called procedure.
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A short perpendicular extension of a desk, usually slightly lower.
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(American football) Catching a ball after a punt and running it back towards the opposing team.
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(cricket) A throw from a fielder to the wicket-keeper or to another fielder at the wicket.
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in return
  • In repayment or reciprocation.
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in return
  • As a return; as an equivalent, response, etc.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of return

  • Middle English retornen from Old French retourner from Vulgar Latin retornāre Latin re- re- Latin tornāre to turn in a lathe turn
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English returnen, retornen, from Anglo-Norman returner, from Old French retourner, retorner, from Medieval Latin retornare (“to turn back"), from re- + tornare (“to turn"). Compare beturn.
    From Wiktionary