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
3 : reply, retort

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 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
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
b : answer, retort
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

replace, restore

Synonyms: Noun

answer, comeback, rejoinder, replication, reply, response, retort

Antonyms: Noun

inquiry, query, question

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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

The remainder of the story revolves around how Raven tricks the people into returning it. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "These books will keep kids reading this summer - and discovering Alaska in the process," 6 July 2019 The law strongly compels owners of items taken abroad after that date to return them. Washington Post, "Japanese collector returns ancient artifacts to Cambodia," 6 July 2019 The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at Aston Villa - proving crucial to their promotion back to the Premier League - and has returned to United for pre-season training. SI.com, "Axel Tuanzebe Signs New Three-Year Deal at Manchester United," 5 July 2019 Miffed in Missouri Dear Miffed: Your DVDs may have been lost, damaged or loaned to someone else who didn’t return them. Jeanne Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Dear Abby: Husband with a secret past feels compelled to share it," 3 July 2019 Police located the dogs and returned them to their owner, a woman, 36. cleveland.com, "Woman, 62, arrested for domestic violence: University Heights police blotter," 3 July 2019 But that weekend in March, tank temperatures began rising, and by the time the Ohio lab technicians returned for their next shift, everything inside had thawed beyond rescue or repair. Dov Fox, Vox, "The legal limbo of lost embryos," 3 July 2019 The Kentucky Court of Appeals has thrown out a $13.4 million verdict returned for Ardie Greenamyer against his former St. X schoolmate, Tom Eifler Jr., and his father, Tom Eifler, in a business dispute. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "$13.4 million verdict reversed in business dispute between former St. X friends," 3 July 2019 Blue Bell Ice Cream is on the lookout for a woman who was caught in a viral video licking a tub of the brand’s ice cream and returning it to the grocery store freezer. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Blue Bell Working with Police to Find Woman Who Licked Ice Cream and Put It Back in Viral Video," 2 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On one hand, revenue is important, especially to a Wall Street that demands quarterly returns. Anchorage Daily News, "Why NBC’s takeback of ‘The Office’ could be the beginning of consumer chaos," 7 July 2019 That could make a trade more complicated, but the financials and the return can be worked out with a pair of motivated teams. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "With improved changeup, Orioles' Andrew Cashner bolstering trade value as AL's best starter since June 1," 7 July 2019 The fund didn't earn the returns needed to provide the promised benefits. Scott Burns, Dallas News, "Let's look at the real-world consequences of teacher pension fund fees," 7 July 2019 Their anger was fed by the rise of anti-liberalism, the lack of an independent judiciary, a surge in crime and a return of corruption and nepotism. The Economist, "Russia plays games with Georgia," 6 July 2019 Berea Elks Lodge #1815, 626 N. Rocky River Dr., Berea July 6, 12-11:55 p.m. Kent Heritage Fest Kent’s outdoor, family-friendly Heritage Fest returns for its 24th year on July 6. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland.com, "11 things to do in Cleveland on Saturday, July 6," 6 July 2019 Last week’s game saw a fiery return of Brazilian teammates Marta and Camila, who combined to earn and finish a penalty kick to provide the team’s second goal in a 3-2 loss to Chicago. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride gears up for home stand against Washington Spirit," 6 July 2019 Lawmakers haven’t been enthusiastic about funding the lunar return, but asteroid hunting might be an easier sell. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "NASA won’t launch a mission to hunt deadly asteroids," 5 July 2019 The cult favorite returns after 10 years to Hulu with Veronica Mars (Bell) drawn into an epic eight-episode mystery as a series of bombs terrorize spring-breakers in Neptune. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Comic-Con 2019: Here’s your Friday schedule," 5 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

ARC’s communications office did not return multiple telephone and email messages seeking comment Tuesday and Wednesday. Tom Krisher, The Seattle Times, "Driver hurt by air bag shrapnel as investigation drags on," 20 Feb. 2019 Pepper did not return numerous phone calls and emails seeking comment. Dylan Purcell, Philly.com, "Can Philadelphia school officials be trusted with millions in state money to clean up lead paint?," 12 July 2018 For a fee that often includes expenses and return travel fare, someone will drive your car to Tucson. Bob Weber, chicagotribune.com, "Drivers can ship your car cross country," 8 July 2018 Millennium representatives did not return requests seeking comment. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "Massport puts Seaport parcel up for grabs again," 29 June 2018 Casspi, Stark and Orbach did not return messages Wednesday. Ryan Lillis, sacbee, "Texts reveal new details about Sacramento's MLS bid and the financiers being courted," 13 June 2018 Brimhall did not return an email request for comment, and a representative of the Show Low School District did not return message about the lawsuit. Ken Alltucker, azcentral, "Lawsuit: Patients claim harm from border weight-loss operations," 27 Apr. 2018 Jondahl did not return interview requests for comment. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After withdrawing from Grafton School Board race, Jon Scolman comes up a winner," 4 Apr. 2018 Jonathan Paul, chairman for the political committee, did not return voice messages left with phone numbers listed on the committee’s state filings. David Smiley, miamiherald, "Imaginary people are writing to voters, political ads are mailing themselves in Miami | Miami Herald," 30 Mar. 2018

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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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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

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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