return meaning

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return verb
1. (travel) go or come back to place, condition, or activity where one has been before
  • "return to your native land"
  • "the professor returned to his teaching position after serving as Dean"
2. (bring) bring back to the point of departure
Related: take_back, bring_back
3. (reciprocate) return in kind
  • "return a compliment"
  • "return her love"
4. (transport) make a return
  • "return a kickback"
5. (return) return to a previous position; in mathematics
  • "The point returned to the interior of the figure"
6. (submit) submit (a report, etc.) to someone in authority
  • "submit a bill to a legislative body"
return noun
1. (arrival) a coming to or returning home
Related: homecoming
  • "on his return from Australia we gave him a welcoming party"
2. (turning) the occurrence of a change in direction back in the opposite direction
Related: coming_back
3. (motion) the act of going back to a prior location
  • "they set out on their return to the base camp"
4. (income) the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property
Related: issue, take, takings, proceeds, yield, payoff
  • "the average return was about 5%"
5. (group_action) a reciprocal group action
Related: paying_back, getting_even
  • "in return we gave them as good as we got"
6. (tennis_stroke) a tennis stroke that sends the ball back to the other player
  • "he won the point on a cross-court return"
7. (run) (American football) the act of running back the ball after a kickoff or punt or interception or fumble
fall verb
1. (change_hands) be inherited by
Related: return, pass, devolve
  • "The estate fell to my sister"
  • "The land returned to the family"
  • "The estate devolved to an heir that everybody had assumed to be dead"
render verb
1. (give) give back
Related: return
  • "render money"
2. (communicate) pass down
Related: deliver, return
  • "render a verdict"
  • "deliver a judgment"
3. (produce) give or supply
Related: yield, return, give, generate
  • "The cow brings in 5 liters of milk"
  • "This year's crop yielded 1,000 bushels of corn"
  • "The estate renders some revenue for the family"
recurrence noun
1. (repeat) happening again (especially at regular intervals)
Related: return
  • "the return of spring"
retort verb
1. (answer) answer back
Related: come_back, repay, return, riposte, rejoin
revert verb
1. (change_by_reversal) go back to a previous state
Related: return, retrovert, regress, turn_back
  • "We reverted to the old rules"
refund verb
1. (pay) pay back
Related: return, repay, give_back
  • "Please refund me my money"
restitution noun
1. (acquisition) getting something back again
Related: return, restoration, regaining
  • "upon the restitution of the book to its rightful owner the child was given a tongue lashing"
hark_back verb
1. (denote) go back to something earlier
Related: return, come_back, recall
  • "This harks back to a previous remark of his"
come_back verb
1. (reappear) be restored
Related: return
  • "Her old vigor returned"
reelect verb
1. (elect) elect again
Related: return
tax_return noun
1. (legal_document) document giving the tax collector information about the taxpayer's tax liability
Related: income_tax_return, return
  • "his gross income was enough that he had to file a tax return"
rejoinder noun
1. (reply) a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)
Related: retort, return, riposte, replication, comeback, counter
  • "it brought a sharp rejoinder from the teacher"
return_key noun
1. (key) the key on electric typewriters or computer keyboards that causes a carriage return and a line feed
Related: return
reappearance noun
1. (appearance) the act of someone appearing again
Related: return
  • "his reappearance as Hamlet has been long awaited"
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