Synonyms and Antonyms of return

  1. 1 something spoken or written in reaction especially to a question I was moved by my grandfather's lengthy return to my casual question about his experiences in the Vietnam War Synonyms comeback, rejoinder, replication, reply, response, retort, answerRelated Words back talk, banter, persiflage, repartee; acknowledgment (or acknowledgement), comment, communication, correspondence, feedback, non sequitur, observation, reaction, remark; defense, explanation, justification, plea, rebuttal, refutationNear Antonyms challenge, charge, cross-examination, grilling, interrogation, interrogatory, quiz; poll, questionnaire, surveyAntonyms inquiry, query, question

  2. 2 an increase usually measured in money that comes from labor, business, or property if we buy better equipment, we'll be able to make the product faster, thus getting a better return on our investment Synonyms earnings, gain(s), incoming(s), proceeds, profit, income, revenue, yieldRelated Words killing, windfall; salary, take-home pay, tips, wages; bankroll, capital, coffers, exchequer, finances, funds, money, pocket, pocketbook, resources, wherewithalNear Antonyms charge, cost, disbursement, expenditures, expenses, outgo, outlay

  3. 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 Synonyms earnings, gain, lucre, net, payoff, proceeds, profitRelated Words cleanup, killing, windfall; bottom line; gross, sales; compensation, emolument, income, pay, payment, remittal, requital, salary, wages; interest, profit, revenue, yieldNear Antonyms charge, cost, disbursement, expenditure, expense, loss, outgo, outlay



Synonyms and Antonyms of return

  1. 1 to bring, send, or put back to a former or proper place when I'm done reading a book, I always return it to the very shelf I got it from Synonyms replace, restore Related Words reconvey Near Antonyms remove, take

  2. 2 to produce as revenue this technology stock is expected to return a healthy profit Synonyms bear, give, pay, yieldRelated Words bring in, net; afford, furnish, provide, supply; pay off

  3. 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 Synonyms come back, rejoin, reply, respond, retort, answer, riposteRelated Words acknowledge, comment, communicate, correspond, react, remark; counter, defend, deny, explain, field, rebut, refuteNear Antonyms challenge, cross-examine, examine, grill, interrogate, pump, quiz; poll, query, surveyAntonyms ask, inquire, question

  4. 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 Synonyms retrogress, regress, revertRelated Words backslide, lapse, relapse; throw back; ebb; decline, degenerate, drop, fall, retrograde, worsenNear Antonyms grow, mature, ripenAntonyms advance, develop, evolve, progress

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