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returns

verb
present tense third-person singular of return

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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

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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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returns

noun
plural of return

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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

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2 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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“Returns.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/returns. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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