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  1. re·turn
    IPA[rəˈtərn]
  2. verb

    • 1. come or go back to a place or person:

      he returned to Canada in the fall
      Synonym : go back, come back, get back, arrive back, arrive home, come home, come again
    • 2. go back to (a particular state or activity):

      Ollie had returned to full health
    • 3. turn one's attention back to (something):

      he returned to his newspaper
    • 4. (especially of a feeling) come back or recur after a period of absence:

      her appetite had returned
      Synonym : happen again, recur, reoccur, occur again, be repeated, repeat (itself), come around (again), reappear, appear again, flare up, recrudesce
    • 5. give, put, or send (something) back to a place or person:

      complete the application form and return it to this address
      Synonym : give back, send back, hand back, take back, carry back, pay back, repay, remit, restore, put back, replace, reinstate, reinstall
    • 6. feel, say, or do (the same feeling, action, etc.) in response:

      she returned his kiss
      Synonym : reciprocate, requite, feel/give in return, repay, send/give in response, give back, match, equal, wish someone the same
    • 7. (in tennis and other sports) hit or send (the ball) back to an opponent:

      the aim is to make the other side unable to return the ball
      Synonym : hit back, send back, throw back
    • 8. run upfield with the ball after fielding (a kick), intercepting (a pass), or recovering (a fumble):

      they had six passes intercepted—five were returned for touchdowns
    • 9. (of a judge or jury) state or present (a verdict) in response to a formal request:

      the jury returned the unanimous guilty verdict
      Synonym : deliver, bring in, hand down, render, submit, announce, pronounce, proclaim
    • 10. lead (a card of a suit led earlier by one's partner):

      he returned a Diamond won by his partner who now played the 10 of Spades
    • 11. yield or make (a profit):

      the company returned a profit of 4.3 million dollars
      Synonym : yield, bring in, earn, make, realize, secure, net, gross, clear, pay out, fetch, pocket
    • 12. (of an electorate) elect (a person or party) to office:

      the Democrat was returned in the third district
      Synonym : elect, vote in, put in power, choose, opt for, select, pick, adopt
    • 13. continue (a wall) in a changed direction, especially at right angles.

    noun

    • 1. an act of coming or going back to a place or activity:

      he celebrated his safe return from the war a return flight
      Synonym : homecoming, travel back
    • 2. an act of going back to an earlier state or condition:

      the designer advocated a return to elegance
    • 3. the action of giving, sending, or putting something back:

      we demand the return of our books and papers
      Synonym : giving back, handing back, replacement, restoration, reinstatement, reinstallation, restitution, reinstalment
    • 4. a play in which the ball is caught after a kick or pass interception and is advanced by running; an advance of this kind.

    • 5. (in tennis and other sports) a stroke played in response to a serve or other stroke by one's opponent.

    • 6. a thing that has been given or sent back, especially an unwanted ticket for a sports event or play:

      it might be worth checking with the box office for returns
      Synonym : returned item, unsold item, unwanted item/ticket, reject, exchange
    • 7. a ticket that allows someone to travel to a place and back again; a round trip ticket:

      a return ticket to the airport
      Synonym : return ticket/fare, round trip ticket/fare
    • 8. an electrical conductor bringing a current back to its source.

    • 9. a second contest between the same opponents.

    • 10. a profit from an investment:

      product areas are being developed to produce maximum returns
      Synonym : yield, profit, returns, gain, income, revenue, interest, dividend, percentage, bunce
    • 11. a good rate of return.

    • 12. an official report or statement submitted in response to a formal demand:

      census returns
    • 13. an official report of the results of an election:

      falsification of the election return
    • 14. an endorsement or report by a court officer or sheriff on a writ.

    • 15. election to office:

      we campaigned for the return of Young and Elkins
    • 16. a key pressed to move the carriage of an electric typewriter back to a fixed position.

    • 17. a key pressed on a computer keyboard to simulate a carriage return in a word-processing program, or to indicate the end of a command or data string.

    • 18. a part receding from the line of the front, for example the side of a house or of a window opening.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: return, plural noun: returns

    • v.: verb: return, 3rd person present: returns, gerund or present participle: returning, past tense: returned, past participle: returned

    • verb

      come or go back to a place or person:

      go back to (a particular situation):

    • noun

      an act of coming or going back to a place or activity:

      an act of going back to an earlier state or situation:

    • express thanks, especially in a grace at a meal or in response to a toast or condolence
    • noun

      a form on which a taxpayer makes an annual statement of income and personal circumstances, used by the tax authorities to assess liability for tax:
    • adjective

      permitting the flow of air or liquid in one direction only:
    • as a response, exchange, or reward for something
    • noun

      another term for return
    • adjective

      permitting the flow of air or liquid in one direction only:
    • noun

      another term for return
    • noun

      a form on which a taxpayer makes an annual statement of income and personal circumstances, used by the tax authorities to assess liability for tax:
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