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    return

    returnedreturningreturns

    intransitive verb

    1
    a

    to go back or come back again

    return home
    b

    to go back in thought, practice, or condition REVERT
    2
    to pass back to an earlier possessor
    3
    REPLYRETORT

    transitive verb

    1
    a

    to give (something, such as an official account) to a superior
    b

    British to elect (a candidate) as attested by official report or returns
    c

    to bring back (something, such as a writ or verdict) to an office or tribunal
    2
    a

    to bring, send, or put back to a former or proper place
    b

    to restore to a former or to a normal state
    3
    a

    to send back VISIT 

    usually used with on or upon

    b

    obsolete RETORT
    4
    to bring in (profit) YIELD
    5
    a

    to give or perform in return REPAY

    return a compliment
    also to respond to in kind

    returned his calls
    b

    to give back to the owner
    c

    REFLECT

    return an echo
    6
    to cause (something, such as a wall) to continue in a different direction (as at a right angle)
    7
    to lead (a specified suit or specified card of a suit) in response to a partner’s earlier lead
    8
    a

    to hit back (a ball or shuttlecock)
    b

    to run with (a football) after a change of possession (as by a punt or a fumble)
    returner noun

    return

    2 of 3

    noun

    1
    a

    the act of coming back to or from a place or condition
    b

    a regular or frequent returning RECURRENCE
    2
    a(1)

    the delivery of a legal order (such as a writ) to the proper officer or court
    (2)

    an endorsed certificate stating an official’s action in the execution of such an order
    (3)

    the sending back of a commission with the certificate of the commissioners
    b

    an account or formal report
    c(1)

    a report of the results of balloting 

    usually used in plural

    election returns
    (2)

    an official declaration of the election of a candidate
    (3)

    chiefly British ELECTION
    d(1)

    a formal statement on a required legal form showing taxable income, allowable deductions and exemptions, and the computation of the tax due
    (2)

    a list of taxable property
    3
    a

    the continuation usually at a right angle of the face or of a member of a building or of a molding or group of moldings
    b

    a means for conveying something (such as water) back to its starting point
    4
    a

    a quantity of goods, consignment, or cargo coming back in exchange for goods sent out as a mercantile venture
    b

    the value of or profit from such venture
    c(1)

    the profit from labor, investment, or business YIELD
    (2)

    returns plural RESULTS
    d

    the rate of profit in a process of production per unit of cost
    5
    a

    the act of returning something to a former place, condition, or ownership RESTITUTION

    the return of stolen goods
    b

    something returned

    especially returns plural unsold publications returned to the publisher for cash or credit
    6
    a

    something given in repayment or reciprocation

    return on their years of hard work
    b

    ANSWERRETORT
    7
    an answering play: such as
    a

    a lead in a suit previously led by one’s partner in a card game
    b

    the action or an instance of returning a ball (as in football or tennis)
    8
    chiefly British ROUND-TRIP

    return

    3 of 3

    adjective

    1
    a

    having or formed by a change of direction

    return facade
    b

    doubled on itself

    return flue
    2
    a

    played, delivered, or given in return

    return fire from the enemy
    b

    taking place for the second time

    return meeting for the two champions
    3
    used or taken on returning

    the return road
    4
    returning or permitting return

    return valve
    5
    of, relating to, or causing a return to a place or condition

    use the prestamped return envelope
    Phrases

    in return

    in reciprocation, compensation, or repayment

    Synonyms

    Verb

    • replace
    • restore

    Noun

    • answer
    • comeback
    • rejoinder
    • replication
    • reply
    • response
    • retort
    See all Synonyms & Antonyms in Thesaurus 
    Choose the Right Synonym for return

    RECIPROCATE, RETALIATE, REQUITE, RETURN mean to give back usually in kind or in quantity.

    RECIPROCATE implies a mutual or equivalent exchange or a paying back of what one has received.

    reciprocated their hospitality by inviting them for a visit

    RETALIATE usually implies a paying back of injury in exact kind, often vengefully.

    the enemy retaliated by executing their prisoners

    REQUITE implies a paying back according to one’s preference and often not equivalently.

    requited her love with cold indifference

    RETURN implies a paying or giving back.

    returned their call
    return good for evil

     

    Example Sentences

    VerbWe waited for you to return.She is returning home tomorrow.I’m leaving but will return at 2 p.m.See More
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