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Definitions of return

  1. bring back to the point of departure
  2. come back to place where one has been before, or return to a previous activity
  3. go back to something earlier; " This harks back to a previous remark of his"
  4. even the score, in sports
  5. a quick reply to a question or remark ( especially a witty or critical one); " it brought a sharp rejoinder from the teacher"
  6. the occurrence of a change in direction back in the opposite direction
  7. pass down; " render a verdict"; " deliver a judgment"
  8. be inherited by; " 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"
  9. give or supply; " 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"
  10. a reciprocal group action; " in return we gave them as good as we got"
  11. pay back; " Please refund me my money"
  12. a coming to or returning home; " on his return from Australia we gave him a welcoming party"
  13. document giving the tax collector information about the taxpayer's tax liability; " his gross income was enough that he had to file a tax return"
  14. the income arising from land or other property; " the average return was about 5%"
  15. the act of someone appearing again; " his reappearance as Hamlet has been long awaited"
  16. happening again ( especially at regular intervals); " the return of spring"
  17. elect again
  18. getting something back again; " upon the restitution of the book to its rightful owner the child was given a tongue lashing"
  19. go back to a previous state; " We reverted to the old rules"
  20. return in kind; " return a compliment"; " return her love"
  21. the act of returning to a prior location; " they set out on their return to the base camp"
  22. the act of running back the football after a kickoff or punt or interception or fumble
  23. a tennis stroke that returns the ball to the other player; " he won the point on a cross- court return"
  24. the key on electric typewriters or computer keyboards that causes a carriage return and a line feed
  25. ( American football) the act of running back the ball after a kickoff or punt or interception or fumble
  26. be restored; " Her old vigor returned"
  27. submit ( a report, etc.) to someone in authority; " submit a bill to a legislative body"
  28. make a return; " return a kickback"
  29. return to a previous position; in mathematics; " The point returned to the interior of the figure"
  30. give back; " render money"
  31. To turn again.
  32. To turn back; to go or come again to the same place or condition.
  33. To come back, or begin again, after an interval, regular or irregular; to appear again.
  34. To speak in answer; to reply; to respond.
  35. To revert; to pass back into possession.
  36. To go back in thought, narration, or argument.
  37. To bring, carry, send, or turn, back; as, to return a borrowed book, or a hired horse.
  38. To repay; as, to return borrowed money.
  39. To give in requital or recompense; to requite.
  40. To give back in reply; as, to return an answer; to return thanks.
  41. To retort; to throw back; as, to return the lie.
  42. To report, or bring back and make known.
  43. To render, as an account, usually an official account, to a superior; to report officially by a list or statement; as, to return a list of stores, of killed or wounded; to return the result of an election.
  44. Hence, to elect according to the official report of the election officers.
  45. To bring or send back to a tribunal, or to an office, with a certificate of what has been done; as, to return a writ.
  46. To convey into official custody, or to a general depository.
  47. To bat ( the ball) back over the net.
  48. To lead in response to the lead of one's partner; as, to return a trump; to return a diamond for a club.
  49. The act of returning ( intransitive), or coming back to the same place or condition; as, the return of one long absent; the return of health; the return of the seasons, or of an anniversary.
  50. The act of returning ( transitive), or sending back to the same place or condition; restitution; repayment; requital; retribution; as, the return of anything borrowed, as a book or money; a good return in tennis.
  51. That which is returned.
  52. A payment; a remittance; a requital.
  53. An answer; as, a return to one's question.
  54. An account, or formal report, of an action performed, of a duty discharged, of facts or statistics, and the like; as, election returns; a return of the amount of goods produced or sold; especially, in the plural, a set of tabulated statistics prepared for general information.
  55. The profit on, or advantage received from, labor, or an investment, undertaking, adventure, etc.
  56. The continuation in a different direction, most often at a right angle, of a building, face of a building, or any member, as a molding or mold; -- applied to the shorter in contradistinction to the longer; thus, a facade of sixty feet east and west has a return of twenty feet north and south.
  57. The rendering back or delivery of writ, precept, or execution, to the proper officer or court.
  58. The certificate of an officer stating what he has done in execution of a writ, precept, etc., indorsed on the document.
  59. The sending back of a commission with the certificate of the commissioners.
  60. A day in bank. See Return day, below.
  61. An official account, report, or statement, rendered to the commander or other superior officer; as, the return of men fit for duty; the return of the number of the sick; the return of provisions, etc.
  62. The turnings and windings of a trench or mine.
  63. A day in bank. See day, below.
  64. A coming or going back to or from a place, condition, etc.; a restoring or giving back; as, the return of a borrowed book; repayment; that which is received from labor, investment, etc.; profit; advantage; a formal report of results; as, election returns.
  65. To come or go back again to the same place or state; go back in thought, etc.; as, to return to the subject; to pass back into possession, as an estate; reply.
  66. To send, carry, or put back; restore; to repay; as, to return a call; to produce or yield; as, the garden will return a large profit; to send in reply; as, to return an answer; report officially; render or give in, as to a superior; as, to retu n a report.
  67. To come back to the same place or state: to answer: to retort.
  68. To bring or send back: to transmit: to give back: to repay: to give back in reply: to report: to give an account.
  69. The act of going back: revolution: periodic renewal: the act of bringing or sending back: restitution: repayment: the profit on capital or labor: a reply: a report or account, esp. official:- pl. a light tobacco: the news of election contests: the result as determined, legally and officially, with reference to elections: news and results in general.
  70. Act of going or giving back; renewal; restitution; report; profit.
  71. To come or go back; answer.
  72. To send or give back; repay; report.
  73. To put, carry, or send back; repay; answer; yield. as profit.
  74. To come or go back; revert.
  75. Returnable.
  76. Returning; response; answer; restoration; requital; profit; repayment.
  77. A report, list, etc.
  78. The act of going back; the act of giving back; periodical coming back; periodical renewal; profit of business; repayment; restitution; the rendering back or delivery of a writ, precept, or execution; an official report.
  79. To bring or send back; to repay; to give back in requital; to give back in reply; to relate; to retort; to give in an account of an official report; to transmit; to elect.
  80. To come back to the same place or state; to answer; to revert; to recur.
  81. To come or go back to the same place; to go back to the same state; to revert; to retort; to come again; to bring or send back; to give back; to reply or make answer; to restore; to render.
  82. The act of coming or going back to the same place; the act of coming back to a former state or condition; repayment; profit; requital; an official report.
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Quotes of return

  1. We have invented a new human right here- the right to return home after a war. – Paddy Ashdown
  2. The return of democracy in our land has indeed thrown the problems of development into bolder relief. – Ibrahim Babangida
  3. War would end if the dead could return – Stanley Baldwin
  4. You will die but the carbon will not; its career does not end with you. It will return to the soil, and there a plant may take it up again in time, sending it once more on a cycle of plant and animal life. – Jacob Bronowski
  5. The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's, smile at someone and receive a smile in return are to me continual spiritual exercises. – Leo Buscaglia
  6. Saturn Return is just the return of your planets to their original position. – Billy Corgan
  7. The human heart, at whatever age, opens only to the heart that opens in return – Maria Edgeworth
  8. The return we reap from generous actions is not always evident. – Francesco Guicciardini
  9. I will return and I will be a million. – Evita Peron
  10. On my return to Pittsburgh, I resolved to go back to the fundamental problems of electronic structure that I had contemplated abstractly many years earlier. – John Pople
  11. It makes a difference what we choose to experience during sleep. Many of us think of sleep as a chance to get away from it all. But sleep is also a chance to return to the joys of our spiritual heritage- our universal awareness. – Henry Reed
  12. It's a word called symbiotic, you send the messages and it comes back in return Together, it's a wonderful thing, it's why television is so great and film can never reach. – Robert Stack
  13. But I think we are seeing a resurgence of the graphic ghost story like The Others, Devil's Backbone and The Sixth Sense. It is a return to more gothic atmospheric ghost storytelling. – Guillermo del Toro
  14. Seize the moment of excited curiosity on any subject to solve your doubts; for if you let it pass, the desire may never return and you may remain in ignorance. – William Wirt

Usage examples for return

  1. When did he return – Blind Love by Wilkie Collins
  2. " Only promise me that you will not leave me, and when I return that I shall find you there. – Old Fritz and the New Era by Louise Muhlbach
  3. What you hear and see will be of use in the work you will have to do on your return – The Outcaste by F. E. Penny
  4. And now I'll do something for you in return – Wanderers by Knut Hamsun
  5. But that is no use; the thing is to return it now. – The Seaboard Parish, Complete by George MacDonald
  6. Why, oh, why, would they not love me a little in return – My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin
  7. It was not long before I heard him return – The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon by José Maria Gordon
  8. He will return Promise me!" – The Man from Jericho by Edwin Carlile Litsey
  9. What matter if they go so soon, if they return soon. – Northern Lights by Gilbert Parker
  10. Those that had anything to give gave it in return – The Children's Book of Christmas Stories by Various
  11. So I've wondered what I could do for you in return – The Emperor of Portugallia by Selma Lagerlof
  12. Return O Lord, how long? – Literature for Children by Orton Lowe
  13. For the present, she had only to return to the other room. – Blind Love by Wilkie Collins
  14. Do I want to return back? – Corpus of a Siam Mosquito by Steven Sills
  15. This is Mr. Staffer's, and perhaps you had better return it as soon as you see him. – Johnstone of the Border by Harold Bindloss
  16. They will be ready for you all on your return – Vendetta A Story of One Forgotten by Marie Corelli
  17. Do you think I'd ask anything in return – Lord John in New York by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson
  18. In return we promise her- silence!" – 54-40 or Fight by Emerson Hough
  19. Promise me that you will return – Life in a Thousand Worlds by William Shuler Harris
  20. I have no love to give you in return – Dead Men Tell No Tales by E. W. Hornung

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