Definition of Return

1. Noun. Document giving the tax collector information about the taxpayer's tax liability. "His gross income was enough that he had to file a tax return"

2. Verb. Go or come back to place, condition, or activity where one has been before. "The children return to the playground"; "The professor returned to his teaching position after serving as Dean"

3. Noun. A coming to or returning home. "On his return from Australia we gave him a welcoming party"
Exact synonyms: Homecoming
Generic synonyms: Arrival
Specialized synonyms: Repatriation

4. Verb. Give back. "They return the money to them "; "Render money"
Exact synonyms: Render
Generic synonyms: Give
Specialized synonyms: Feed Back, Resubmit

5. Noun. The occurrence of a change in direction back in the opposite direction.
Exact synonyms: Coming Back
Generic synonyms: Turn, Turning

6. Verb. Go back to a previous state. "We reverted to the old rules"

7. Noun. Getting something back again. "Upon the restitution of the book to its rightful owner the child was given a tongue lashing"
Exact synonyms: Regaining, Restitution, Restoration
Generic synonyms: Acquisition
Specialized synonyms: Clawback
Derivative terms: Regain, Restitute, Restore

8. Verb. Go back to something earlier. "This harks back to a previous remark of his"
Exact synonyms: Come Back, Hark Back, Recall
Generic synonyms: Denote, Refer
Specialized synonyms: Go Back, Recur

9. Noun. The act of going back to a prior location. "They set out on their return to the base camp"
Generic synonyms: Motion, Move, Movement
Specialized synonyms: Reentry, Remand

10. Verb. Bring back to the point of departure. "They return the parcel to their parents"
Exact synonyms: Bring Back, Take Back
Generic synonyms: Bring, Convey, Take

11. Noun. The income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property. ; "The average return was about 5%"
Exact synonyms: Issue, Payoff, Proceeds, Take, Takings, Yield
Generic synonyms: Income
Specialized synonyms: Economic Rent, Rent, Payback
Derivative terms: Take, Yield

12. Verb. Return in kind. "Return her love"
Specialized synonyms: Redound
Generic synonyms: Reciprocate

13. Noun. Happening again (especially at regular intervals). "The return of spring"
Exact synonyms: Recurrence
Generic synonyms: Repeat, Repetition
Specialized synonyms: Atavism, Reversion, Throwback, Flashback
Derivative terms: Recur, Recurrent

14. Verb. Make a return. "Return a kickback"
Category relationships: Football, Football Game
Generic synonyms: Carry, Transport

15. Noun. A quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one). "It brought a sharp rejoinder from the teacher"
Exact synonyms: Comeback, Counter, Rejoinder, Replication, Retort, Riposte
Specialized synonyms: Back Talk, Backtalk, Lip, Mouth, Sass, Sassing
Generic synonyms: Reply, Response
Derivative terms: Come Back, Counter, Retort, Riposte

16. Verb. Answer back. "They return that there was a traffic accident "
Exact synonyms: Come Back, Rejoin, Repay, Retort, Riposte
Generic synonyms: Answer, Reply, Respond
Derivative terms: Comeback, Retort, Riposte

17. Noun. The key on electric typewriters or computer keyboards that causes a carriage return and a line feed.
Exact synonyms: Return Key
Generic synonyms: Key

18. Verb. Be restored. ; "Her old vigor returned"
Exact synonyms: Come Back
Generic synonyms: Re-emerge, Reappear

19. Noun. A reciprocal group action. "In return we gave them as good as we got"
Exact synonyms: Getting Even, Paying Back
Generic synonyms: Group Action
Specialized synonyms: Payment, Requital, Retaliation, Revenge, Reciprocation, Tit For Tat

20. Verb. Pay back. "They return them the money"; "Please refund me my money"
Exact synonyms: Give Back, Refund, Repay
Generic synonyms: Pay
Specialized synonyms: Reimburse, Restitute, Restore
Derivative terms: Refund, Refund, Repayment, Repayment

21. Noun. A tennis stroke that sends the ball back to the other player. "He won the point on a cross-court return"

22. Verb. Pass down. "Deliver a judgment"
Exact synonyms: Deliver, Render
Generic synonyms: Communicate, Pass, Pass Along, Pass On, Put Across

23. Noun. (American football) the act of running back the ball after a kickoff or punt or interception or fumble.
Category relationships: American Football, American Football Game
Generic synonyms: Run, Running, Running Game, Running Play

24. Verb. Elect again.
Exact synonyms: Reelect
Generic synonyms: Elect
Derivative terms: Reelection

25. Noun. The act of someone appearing again. "His reappearance as Hamlet has been long awaited"
Exact synonyms: Reappearance
Generic synonyms: Appearance
Specialized synonyms: Comeback
Derivative terms: Reappear

26. Verb. Be inherited by. "The estate devolved to an heir that everybody had assumed to be dead"
Exact synonyms: Devolve, Fall, Pass
Generic synonyms: Change Hands, Change Owners
Specialized synonyms: Fall, Light
Related verbs: Accrue, Fall

27. Verb. Return to a previous position; in mathematics. "The point returned to the interior of the figure"

28. Verb. Give or supply. "The estate renders some revenue for the family"
Exact synonyms: Generate, Give, Render, Yield
Generic synonyms: Create, Make, Produce
Related verbs: Give, Yield, Establish, Give
Derivative terms: Generation, Yield, Yield, Yield, Yield

29. Verb. Submit (a report, etc.) to someone in authority. "Submit a bill to a legislative body"
Generic synonyms: Subject, Submit
Specialized synonyms: Report Out

Definition of Return

1. v. t. & i. To turn again.

2. v. i. To turn back; to go or come again to the same place or condition.

3. v. t. To bring, carry, send, or turn, back; as, to return a borrowed book, or a hired horse.

4. n. 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.

Definition of Return

1. Verb. (intransitive) To come or go back (to a place or person). ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To go back in thought, narration, or argument. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive obsolete) To turn back, retreat. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive, obsolete) To turn (something) round. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To put (gloss place) something back where it had been. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To give something back to its original holder or owner. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To take something back to a retailer for a refund. ¹

8. Verb. (tennis) To bat the ball back over the net in response to a serve. ¹

9. Verb. (context: card games) To play a card as a result of another player's lead. ¹

10. Verb. (cricket) To throw a ball back to the wicket-keeper (or a fielder at that position) from somewhere in the field. ¹

11. Verb. (transitive) To say in reply; to respond. ¹

12. Verb. (intransitive computing) To relinquish control to the calling procedure. ¹

13. Verb. (transitive computing) To pass (data) back to the calling procedure. ¹

14. Noun. The act of returning. ¹

15. Noun. A return ticket. ¹

16. Noun. An item that is '''returned''', e.g. due to a defect. ¹

17. Noun. (finance) Gain or loss from an investment. ¹

18. Noun. (context: taxation finance): A report of income submitted to a government for purposes of specifying exact tax payment amounts. A tax return. ¹

19. Noun. (computing) A carriage return character. ¹

20. Noun. (computing) The act of relinquishing control to the calling procedure. ¹

21. Noun. (computing) A return value: the data passed back from a called procedure. ¹

22. Noun. A short perpendicular extension of a desk, usually slightly lower. ¹

23. Noun. (context: American football) Catching a ball after a punt and running it back towards the opposing team. ¹

24. Noun. (cricket) A throw from a fielder to the wicket-keeper or to another fielder at the wicket. ¹

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Definition of Return

1. to come or go back [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Return

1. 1. To turn back; to go or come again to the same place or condition. "Return to your father's house." "On their embattled ranks the waves return." (Milton) "If they returned out of bondage, it must be into a state of freedom." (Locke) "Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." (Gen. Iii. 19) 2. To come back, or begin again, after an interval, regular or irregular; to appear again. "With the year Seasons return; but not me returns Day or the sweet approach of even or morn." (Milton) 3. To speak in answer; to reply; to respond. "He said, and thus the queen of heaven returned." (Pope) 4. To revert; to pass back into possession. "And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David." (1Kings xii. 26) 5. To go back in thought, narration, or argument. "But to return to my story." Origin: OE. Returnen, retournen, F. Retourner; pref. Re- re- + tourner to turn. See Turn. 1. 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. "At the return of the year the king of Syria will come up against thee." (1 Kings xx. 22) "His personal return was most required and necessary." (Shak) 2. 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. "You made my liberty your late request: Is no return due from a grateful breast?" (Dryden) 3. That which is returned. Specifically: A payment; a remittance; a requital. "I do expect return Of thrice three times the value of this bond." (Shak) An answer; as, a return to one's question. 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. The profit on, or advantage received from, labour, or an investment, undertaking, adventure, etc. "The fruit from many days of recreation is very little; but from these few hours we spend in prayer, the return is great." (Jer. Taylor) 4. 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. 5. The rendering back or delivery of writ, precept, or execution, to the proper officer or court. The certificate of an officer stating what he has done in execution of a writ, precept, etc, indorsed on the document. The sending back of a commission with the certificate of the commissioners. A day in bank. See Return day, below. 6. 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. 7. The turnings and windings of a trench or mine. Return ball, a ball held by an elastic string so that it returns to the hand from which it is thrown, used as a plaything. Return bend, a pipe fitting for connecting the contiguous ends of two nearly parallel pipes lying alongside or one above another. Return day, a pipe by which water of condensation from a heater or radiator is conveyed back toward the boiler. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Return

return (current term)
return ace
return aces
return address
return ball
return crease
return demonstration
return extrasystole
return flow
return key
return on investment
return spring
return ticket

Literary usage of Return

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle by Aristotle, Robert Williams (1869)
"This we can see in that great community which constitutes the body politic, and in which the cobbler gets, in return for his shoes, an equivalent of ..."

2. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1899)
"On his return to Constantinople, the parent and king distin° ... was -speedily forgotten by ihe Greeks and Latins 14 Thirty years after the return of ..."

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