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return

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1 something spoken or written in reaction especially to a question

  • I was moved by my grandfatherʼs lengthy return to my casual question about his experiences in the Vietnam War
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2 an increase usually measured in money that comes from labor, business, or property

  • if we buy better equipment, weʼll be able to make the product faster, thus getting a better return on our investment
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3 the amount of money left when expenses are subtracted from the total amount received

  • the return on each unit sold has increased since we streamlined the production process
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return

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

  • when Iʼm done reading a book, I always return it to the very shelf I got it from
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2 to produce as revenue

  • this technology stock is expected to return a healthy profit
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3 to speak or write in reaction to a question or to another reaction

  • when I asked him to sit down to dinner, he returned that he would come when he was good and ready
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4 to go back to a previous and usually lower state or level

  • vowed to do anything to keep the recovering alcoholic from returning to his dissolute ways
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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


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