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Definitions of return

  1. To come back to the same place or state; to answer; to revert; to recur. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To bring, carry, send, or turn, back; as, to return a borrowed book, or a hired horse. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To repay; as, to return borrowed money. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To give in requital or recompense; to requite. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To give back in reply; as, to return an answer; to return thanks. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To retort; to throw back; as, to return the lie. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To report, or bring back and make known. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To render, as an account, usually an official account, to a superior; to report officially by a list or statement; as, to return a list of stores, of killed or wounded; to return the result of an election. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Hence, to elect according to the official report of the election officers. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To bring or send back to a tribunal, or to an office, with a certificate of what has been done; as, to return a writ. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To convey into official custody, or to a general depository. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To bat (the ball) back over the net. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To lead in response to the lead of one's partner; as, to return a trump; to return a diamond for a club. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To send, carry, or put back; restore; to repay; as, to return a call; to produce or yield; as, the garden will return a large profit; to send in reply; as, to return an answer; report officially; render or give in, as to a superior; as, to retu n a report. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. To bring or send back: to transmit: to give back: to repay: to give back in reply: to report: to give an account. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. To send or give back; repay; report. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  17. To put, carry, or send back; repay; answer; yield. as profit. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. To turn back; to go or come again to the same place or condition. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. To come back, or begin again, after an interval, regular or irregular; to appear again. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. To speak in answer; to reply; to respond. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. To revert; to pass back into possession. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. To go back in thought, narration, or argument. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. To come or go back again to the same place or state; go back in thought, etc.; as, to return to the subject; to pass back into possession, as an estate; reply. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  24. To come back to the same place or state: to answer: to retort. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  25. To come or go back; answer. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  26. come back to place where one has been before, or return to a previous activity Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  27. go back to something earlier; "This harks back to a previous remark of his" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  28. even the score, in sports Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  29. pass down; "render a verdict"; "deliver a judgment" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  30. go back to a previous state; "We reverted to the old rules" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  31. return in kind; "return a compliment"; "return her love" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  32. To come or go back; revert. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  33. To come or go back to the same place; to go back to the same state; to revert; to retort; to come again; to bring or send back; to give back; to reply or make answer; to restore; to render. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  34. the occurrence of a change in direction back in the opposite direction Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  35. a reciprocal group action; "in return we gave them as good as we got" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  36. a coming to or returning home; "on his return from Australia we gave him a welcoming party" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  37. the act of someone appearing again; "his reappearance as Hamlet has been long awaited" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  38. the act of returning to a prior location; "they set out on their return to the base camp" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  39. the act of running back the football after a kickoff or punt or interception or fumble Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  40. a tennis stroke that returns the ball to the other player; "he won the point on a cross-court return" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  41. the key on electric typewriters or computer keyboards that causes a carriage return and a line feed Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  42. (American football) the act of running back the ball after a kickoff or punt or interception or fumble Wordnet Dictionary DB
  43. be restored; "Her old vigor returned" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  44. submit (a report, etc.) to someone in authority; "submit a bill to a legislative body" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  45. make a return; "return a kickback" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  46. return to a previous position; in mathematics; "The point returned to the interior of the figure" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  47. The act of returning (intransitive), or coming back to the same place or condition; as, the return of one long absent; the return of health; the return of the seasons, or of an anniversary. Webster Dictionary DB
  48. The act of returning (transitive), or sending back to the same place or condition; restitution; repayment; requital; retribution; as, the return of anything borrowed, as a book or money; a good return in tennis. Webster Dictionary DB
  49. That which is returned. Webster Dictionary DB
  50. A payment; a remittance; a requital. Webster Dictionary DB
  51. An answer; as, a return to one's question. Webster Dictionary DB
  52. An account, or formal report, of an action performed, of a duty discharged, of facts or statistics, and the like; as, election returns; a return of the amount of goods produced or sold; especially, in the plural, a set of tabulated statistics prepared for general information. Webster Dictionary DB
  53. The profit on, or advantage received from, labor, or an investment, undertaking, adventure, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  54. The continuation in a different direction, most often at a right angle, of a building, face of a building, or any member, as a molding or mold; -- applied to the shorter in contradistinction to the longer; thus, a facade of sixty feet east and west has a return of twenty feet north and south. Webster Dictionary DB
  55. The rendering back or delivery of writ, precept, or execution, to the proper officer or court. Webster Dictionary DB
  56. The certificate of an officer stating what he has done in execution of a writ, precept, etc., indorsed on the document. Webster Dictionary DB
  57. The sending back of a commission with the certificate of the commissioners. Webster Dictionary DB
  58. A day in bank. See Return day, below. Newage Dictionary DB
  59. An official account, report, or statement, rendered to the commander or other superior officer; as, the return of men fit for duty; the return of the number of the sick; the return of provisions, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  60. The turnings and windings of a trench or mine. Webster Dictionary DB
  61. A day in bank. See day, below. Webster Dictionary DB
  62. A coming or going back to or from a place, condition, etc.; a restoring or giving back; as, the return of a borrowed book; repayment; that which is received from labor, investment, etc.; profit; advantage; a formal report of results; as, election returns. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  63. The act of going back: revolution: periodic renewal: the act of bringing or sending back: restitution: repayment: the profit on capital or labor: a reply: a report or account, esp. official:-pl. a light tobacco: the news of election contests: the result as determined, legally and officially, with reference to elections: news and results in general. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  64. Act of going or giving back; renewal; restitution; report; profit. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  65. Returning; response; answer; restoration; requital; profit; repayment. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  66. A report, list, etc. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  67. The act of going back; the act of giving back; periodical coming back; periodical renewal; profit of business; repayment; restitution; the rendering back or delivery of a writ, precept, or execution; an official report. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  68. The act of coming or going back to the same place; the act of coming back to a former state or condition; repayment; profit; requital; an official report. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  69. Returnable. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

Usage examples for return

  1. He will return Promise me!" – The Man from Jericho by Edwin Carlile Litsey
  2. Those that had anything to give gave it in return – The Children's Book of Christmas Stories by Various
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