return to

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of return to

1 : to go to (a place where one works, studies, etc.) again after being away for a time
  • When do you return to school?
2 : to start doing or using (something) again especially after a long time
  • She hopes to return to working at home next week.
3 : to start an activity again that relates to (something)
  • He returned to his book after feeding the cat.
  • Let's return to your first question.
4 : to change back to (an earlier or original condition or state)
  • She soon returned to her old habits.
  • His breathing returned to normal.

Word by Word Definitions

return play
  1. : to go back or come back again

  2. : to go back in thought, practice, or condition : revert

  3. : to pass back to an earlier possessor

  1. : the act of coming back to or from a place or condition

  2. : a regular or frequent returning : recurrence

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

  1. : having or formed by a change of direction

  2. : doubled on itself

  3. : played, delivered, or given in return


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