return

verb
re·​turn | \ ri-ˈtərn How to pronounce return (audio) \
returned; returning; returns

Definition of return

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

1a : 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

transitive verb

1a : 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
2a : to bring, send, or put back to a former or proper place
b : to restore to a former or to a normal state
3a : to send back : visit usually used with on or upon
b obsolete : retort
4 : to bring in (profit) : yield
5a : 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
8a : 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)

return

noun

Definition of return (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : the act of coming back to or from a place or condition
b : a regular or frequent returning : recurrence
2a(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 pluralelection 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
3a : 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
4a : 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
5a : 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
6a : something given in repayment or reciprocation a return on their years of hard work
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
in return
: in reciprocation, compensation, or repayment

return

adjective

Definition of return (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : having or formed by a change of direction a return facade
b : doubled on itself a return flue
2a : played, delivered, or given in return return fire from the enemy
b : taking place for the second time a return meeting for the two champions
3 : used or taken on returning the return road
4 : returning or permitting return a return valve
5 : of, relating to, or causing a return to a place or condition use the prestamped return envelope

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Other Words from return

Verb

returner noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for return

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Verb

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

Examples of return in a Sentence

Verb We waited for you to return. She is returning home tomorrow. I'm leaving but will return at 2 p.m. I have to return a book to the library. I'm returning your ladder. Thanks for letting me borrow it. The dishes were broken when they were delivered, so I had to return them. I had to return the shirt and get a bigger size. His jealousy returned when he saw his ex-wife with her new husband. Noun We are looking forward to your return. We're looking forward to our return to Europe. The team looked forward to his return to coaching. a return to the old ways of farming the department's return to normal The people celebrated their leader's return to power.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Both teams return to action for the first time Saturday, June 20 since the COVID-19 pandemic suspended play. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Premier League’s Watford vs. Leicester City (6/20): Watch online, time, TV, free live stream," 20 June 2020 However, the festival's Eat to the Beat concert series won't return in 2020. USA TODAY, "Disney World cancels Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party amid coronavirus," 20 June 2020 So does Sullivan return to Kentucky at the end of the seven episode challenge with improved cooking chops and perhaps the $25,000 cash prize for the best culinary transformation? Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "This Kentucky mom might be crowned one of the 'Worst Cooks in America' on the Food Network," 20 June 2020 As businesses reopen, employees return to work and consumers resume spending after stay-in-place orders to slow the spread of the coronavirus were lifted, the businesses hit hardest by the shutdowns are recouping the most jobs. Erin Douglas, Houston Chronicle, "Texas recoups 237,800 jobs in May gain following historic coronavirus-driven losses," 19 June 2020 Treviño, 50, served as interim chief of police from January through October 2015, after McManus accepted a job with CPS Energy to manage the utility’s security operations — only to return in a surprise move 10 months later. Emilie Eaton, ExpressNews.com, "SAPD assistant chief, who briefly led the agency, retires after 27 years," 19 June 2020 Brian Klein will reportedly not return for his senior season, signing to play for the Washington Nationals on Thursday, according to D1Baseball co-managing editor Kendall Rogers. Brice Paterik, Dallas News, "Texas Tech’s Brian Klein, John McMillon forgo senior season to sign with MLB teams," 19 June 2020 Bolton would return to the theme often throughout the book, which the Trump administration is frantically trying to stop in court from hitting bookshelves on Tuesday. Washington Examiner, "'Ukraine fantasy conspiracy theories': John Bolton book reveals would-be impeachment testimony," 18 June 2020 Foreign students could also return to Australian universities at that time. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "You Might Not Be Able to Visit Australia Until 2021 (Video)," 18 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun North Korea has demanded immediate economic sanctions relief in return for starting the process of dismantling its nuclear weapons program. Jay Cannon, USA TODAY, "North Korea releases photos showing explosion of liaison office jointly run with South Korea," 17 June 2020 Federal Security Service investigators accuse Mitko, an expert in hydroacoustics, of passing on information about technology for detecting submarines in return for payment, the Meduza news website reported. Henry Meyer, Bloomberg.com, "Russia Accuses Leading Arctic Scientist of Spying for China," 17 June 2020 The summit fell apart because of disputes over how much sanctions relief the North should get in return for Kim's dismantling of his main nuclear complex, which was seen as a limited denuclearization measure. Anchorage Daily News, "North Korea blows up liaison office it operated with South Korea, sharply escalating tensions," 16 June 2020 That summit fell apart because of disputes over how much sanctions should be lifted in return for Kim’s dismantling his main nuclear complex. Time, "North Korea Blows Up Liaison Office as It Steps Up Tensions With South," 16 June 2020 In return for tens of millions of dollars in tax breaks, the company had pledged to maintain operations at the Lordstown site until at least 2027. Dan O’brien, Detroit Free Press, "GM closed the Lordstown plant. Now Ohio may force $60M repayment," 16 June 2020 The summit fell apart because of disputes over how much sanctions relief the North should get in return for Mr. Kim's dismantling of his main nuclear complex, which was seen as a limited denuclearization measure. Kim Tong-hyung And Hyung-jin Kim, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why did North Korea just blow up inter-Korea liaison office?," 16 June 2020 In return for tens of millions of dollars in tax breaks, the company had pledged to maintain operations at the Lordstown site until at least 2027. Desperation Town, ProPublica, "GM Closed the Lordstown Auto Plant. Now Ohio May Force a $60 Million Repayment.," 15 June 2020 What did this talented teen get in return for creating the iconic look? Josh Axelrod And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "It's Flag Day. Here are some fun facts about the American flag you may not have known," 14 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Any Jacobs: Age: Not listed on his website, and Jacobs did not return questions sent by IndyStar. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana 5th District: Christina Hale enters election week with 'incredible advantage'," 31 May 2020 Officials at Oakdale and the federal Bureau of Prisons headquarters in Washington, D.C., did not return messages Wednesday. M.l. Elrick, Detroit Free Press, "Kilpatrick allies vow to continue working to free former mayor, allege conspiracy," 28 May 2020 Hertz and Avis Budget Group did not return requests seeking answers to specific questions about their operations. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Want to buy a used car? Rental car companies are offering up some good deals," 24 May 2020 Response: Exterran did not return requests seeking comment. Desperation Town, ProPublica, "These Companies Got Millions in Tax Breaks to Bring Jobs to Youngstown. They Created Next to None.," 12 May 2020 The alert recommends that visitors from out of state return home immediately. Aubrey Wieber, Anchorage Daily News, "State strongly advises Alaskans to cease all nonessential travel over coronavirus," 21 Mar. 2020 Luther’s two ex-husbands did not return interview requests. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, "Meet the Dallas salon owner whose decision to reopen put her in the middle of a national debate," 6 May 2020 An Alaska spokeswoman did not return questions in time for this story about the company’s ongoing near-term North Slope development projects such as Greater Mooses Tooth-2 and Nuna. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "ConocoPhillips announces $200M more in Alaska cuts," 17 Apr. 2020 The medical examiner's office and the embassy for the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Washington, D.C., did not return messages Thursday. CBS News, "Woman dies soon after entering U.S. Customs custody at Texas border," 27 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of return

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1676, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for return

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French returner, from re- + turner, tourner to turn — more at turn

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Time Traveler for return

Time Traveler

The first known use of return was in the 14th century

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24 Jun 2020

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“Return.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/return. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for return

return

noun

Financial Definition of return

What It Is

A tax return is a set of forms that a taxpayer uses to calculate and report taxes owed to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

How It Works

April 15 is the annual deadline for filing a tax return, though some types of taxpayers must file tax returns quarterly. Most individual taxpayers use one of the IRS's 1040 form in addition to forms that report or calculate taxes owed or paid on special types of income.

In general, a tax return involves calculating gross income, capital gains/losses, deductions, interest payments, distributions, and tax credits.

Why It Matters

Tax returns are the key components of the IRS's tax collection efforts. The IRS recommends that individual taxpayers keep their tax returns for at least seven years.

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return

verb
How to pronounce return (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of return

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to come or go to a place again : to come back or go back again
: to bring, give, send, or take (something) to the place that it came from or the place where it should go
: to bring or send (something that you bought) to the place that it came from because it does not work or fit properly, because it is damaged, etc.

return

noun

English Language Learners Definition of return (Entry 2 of 3)

: the act of coming or going back to the place you started from or to a place where you were before
: the act of going back to an activity, job, situation, etc. : the act of starting to do something again after stopping
: the fact that something (such as a condition, feeling, or situation) happens again

return

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of return (Entry 3 of 3)

: used in or taken for returning to a place
: happening or done for the second time
chiefly British : used or paying for a trip that takes you to a place and back to the place you started from

return

verb
re·​turn | \ ri-ˈtərn How to pronounce return (audio) \
returned; returning

Kids Definition of return

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : to come or go back again Birds return each spring.
2 : to bring, give, send, or put back Have you returned your library book?
3 : repay sense 1 She never returned the borrowed money.
4 : to respond in the same way I returned the compliment.
5 : to make an official report of The jury returned a verdict.
6 : yield entry 1 sense 4, produce The investment returned a profit.

return

noun

Kids Definition of return (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : the act of coming or going back to a place or condition They await his return home. She hoped for a return to normal.
2 : recurrence the return of spring
3 : the act of returning something (as to a former condition or owner) He thanked me for the return of his wallet.
4 : something given in payment or exchange She asked nothing in return.
5 : a report of the results of voting election returns
6 : a statement of income to be taxed
7 : the profit from labor, investment, or business

return

adjective

Kids Definition of return (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : happening or done for the second time a return visit
2 : used for returning a return ticket

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re·​turn

Legal Definition of return

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : to give (an official account or report) to a superior (as by a list or statement) return the names of all residents in the ward return a list of jurors
b : to bring back (as a writ, verdict, or indictment) to an office or tribunal the sheriff must return the execution…to the proper clerk within sixty days— J. H. Friedenthal et al. the grand jury returned six indictments returned a verdict of not guilty
2 : to bring in or produce (as earnings or profit) : yield

Other Words from return

returnable adjective

return

noun

Legal Definition of return (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the delivery of a court order (as a writ) to the proper officer or court
3 : an account or formal report (as of an action performed or duty discharged or of facts and statistics) census returns especially : a set of tabulated statistics prepared for general information usually used in pl.
4a : a report of the results of balloting election returns
b : an official declaration of the election of a candidate each house shall be the judge of the elections, returns, and qualifications of its own membersU.S. Constitution art. I
5 : a formal document executed in accordance with law on a required form showing taxable income, allowable deductions and exemptions, and the computation of the tax due

called also tax return

6 : the profit from labor, investment, or business : yield
7 : something returned specifically : a paper (as a check or draft) calling for payment that is returned by a bank to the clearinghouse because of a defect (as lack of funds or insufficient endorsement)

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