Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To go or come back, as to an earlier condition or place.
  • intransitive v. To revert in speech, thought, or practice.
  • intransitive v. To revert to a former owner.
  • intransitive v. To answer or respond.
  • transitive v. To send, put, or carry back: We return bottles to the store.
  • transitive v. To give or send back in reciprocation: She returned his praise. See Synonyms at reciprocate.
  • transitive v. To give back to the owner: He returned her book.
  • transitive v. To reflect or send back: The echo was returned by the canyon wall.
  • transitive v. To produce or yield (profit or interest) as a payment for labor, investment, or expenditure.
  • transitive v. Law To submit (an official report, for example) to a judge or other person in authority.
  • transitive v. Law To render or deliver (a writ or verdict, for example) to the proper officer or court of law.
  • transitive v. To elect or reelect, as to a legislative body.
  • transitive v. Games To respond to (a partner's lead) by leading the same suit in cards.
  • transitive v. Architecture To turn away from or place at an angle to the previous line of direction.
  • transitive v. Sports To send back (a tennis ball, for example) to one's opponent.
  • transitive v. Football To run with (the ball) after a kickoff, punt, interception, or fumble.
  • n. The act or condition of going, coming, bringing, or sending back.
  • n. The act of bringing or sending something back to a previous place, condition, or owner.
  • n. Something brought or sent back.
  • n. Merchandise returned, as to a retailer by a consumer or to a wholesaler by a retailer.
  • n. Something that goes or comes back.
  • n. A recurrence, as of a periodic occasion or event: the return of spring.
  • n. Something exchanged for that received; repayment.
  • n. A reply; a response.
  • n. The profit made on an exchange of goods.
  • n. A profit or yield, as from labor or investments. Often used in the plural.
  • n. Output or yield per unit rather than cost per unit, as in the manufacturing of a particular product.
  • n. A report, list, or set of statistics, especially one that is formal or official.
  • n. A report on the vote in an election. Often used in the plural.
  • n. Chiefly British An election.
  • n. Games A lead in certain card games that responds to the lead of one's partner.
  • n. Sports In tennis and certain other sports:
  • n. Sports The act of sending the ball back to one's opponent.
  • n. Sports The ball thus sent back.
  • n. Football The act of running back the ball after a kickoff, punt, interception, or fumble.
  • n. Football The yardage so gained.
  • n. Architecture The extension of a molding, projection, or other part at an angle (usually 90°) to the main part.
  • n. Architecture A part of a building set at an angle to the façade.
  • n. A turn, bend, or similar reversal of direction, as in a stream or road.
  • n. A pipe or conduit for carrying something, especially water, back to its starting point.
  • n. The key or mechanism on a machine, such as a typewriter or computer, that positions the carriage, cursor, or printing element at the beginning of a new line.
  • n. Chiefly British A roundtrip ticket.
  • n. Law The bringing or sending back of a writ, subpoena, or other document, generally with a short written report on it, by a sheriff or other officer to the court from which it was issued.
  • n. Law A certified report by an assessor, election officer, collector, or other official.
  • n. A formal tax statement on the required official form indicating taxable income, allowed deductions, exemptions, and the computed tax that is due. Also called income tax return, tax return.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or bringing about a going or coming back to a place or situation: the return voyage; a return envelope.
  • adj. Given, sent, or done in reciprocation or exchange: a return volley; a return invitation.
  • adj. Performed, presented, or taking place again: a return engagement of the ballet; a return tennis match.
  • adj. Used on or for returning: a return route.
  • adj. Returning or affording return or recirculation: a return plumbing pipe; a return valve.
  • adj. Relating to or being a roundtrip ticket.
  • adj. Reversing or changing direction.
  • adj. Having or formed by a reversal or change in direction; returning on itself, as a bend in a road or stream.
  • idiom in return In repayment or reciprocation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To come or go back (to a place or person).
  • v. To go back in thought, narration, or argument.
  • v. To turn back, retreat.
  • v. To turn (something) round.
  • v. To put (place) something back where it had been.
  • v. To give something back to its original holder or owner.
  • v. To take something back to a retailer for a refund.
  • v. To bat the ball back over the net in response to a serve.
  • v. To play a card as a result of another player's lead.
  • v. To throw a ball back to the wicket-keeper (or a fielder at that position) from somewhere in the field.
  • v. To say in reply; to respond.
  • v. To relinquish control to the calling procedure.
  • v. To pass (data) back to the calling procedure.
  • n. The act of returning.
  • n. A return ticket.
  • n. An item that is returned, e.g. due to a defect.
  • n. Gain or loss from an investment.
  • n. : A report of income submitted to a government for purposes of specifying exact tax payment amounts. A tax return.
  • n. A carriage return character.
  • n. The act of relinquishing control to the calling procedure.
  • n. A return value: the data passed back from a called procedure.
  • n. A short perpendicular extension of a desk, usually slightly lower.
  • n. Catching a ball after a punt and running it back towards the opposing team.
  • n. A throw from a fielder to the wicket-keeper or to another fielder at the wicket.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of returning (intransitive), or coming back to the same place or condition
  • n. The act of returning (transitive), or sending back to the same place or condition; restitution; repayment; requital; retribution
  • n. That which is returned.
  • n. A payment; a remittance; a requital.
  • n. An answer; as, a return to one's question.
  • n. An account, or formal report, of an action performed, of a duty discharged, of facts or statistics, and the like; ; especially, in the plural, a set of tabulated statistics prepared for general information.
  • n. The profit on, or advantage received from, labor, or an investment, undertaking, adventure, etc.
  • n. 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.
  • n.
  • n. The rendering back or delivery of writ, precept, or execution, to the proper officer or court.
  • n. The certificate of an officer stating what he has done in execution of a writ, precept, etc., indorsed on the document.
  • n. The sending back of a commission with the certificate of the commissioners.
  • n. A day in bank. See Return day, below.
  • n. An official account, report, or statement, rendered to the commander or other superior officer
  • n. The turnings and windings of a trench or mine.
  • intransitive v. To turn back; to go or come again to the same place or condition.
  • intransitive v. To come back, or begin again, after an interval, regular or irregular; to appear again.
  • intransitive v. To speak in answer; to reply; to respond.
  • intransitive v. To revert; to pass back into possession.
  • intransitive v. To go back in thought, narration, or argument.
  • transitive v. To bring, carry, send, or turn, back.
  • transitive v. To repay.
  • transitive v. To give in requital or recompense; to requite.
  • transitive v. To give back in reply
  • transitive v. To retort; to throw back.
  • transitive v. To report, or bring back and make known.
  • transitive v. To render, as an account, usually an official account, to a superior; to report officially by a list or statement
  • transitive v. Hence, to elect according to the official report of the election officers.
  • transitive v. To bring or send back to a tribunal, or to an office, with a certificate of what has been done.
  • transitive v. To convey into official custody, or to a general depository.
  • transitive v. To bat (the ball) back over the net.
  • transitive v. To lead in response to the lead of one's partner

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To turn back.
  • To fold back; turn or roll over, as a thing upon itself.
  • To reverse the position or direction of; turn backward.
  • To cast back; reflect; reëcho.
  • To turn over; revolve.
  • To send back; cause to go back to a former place.
  • To take with one when going back; bring or carry back.
  • To give back; restore.
  • To give in repayment, requital, or recompense; make a return of: as, to return good for evil.
  • To make a return for; repay; requite: as, to return kindness by ingratitude; to return a loan; to return a call.
  • To give back in response; reply.
  • To retort.
  • To bring back and make known; report, tell, or communicate.
  • To report officially; render as an official statement or account: as, to return a list of killed and wounded after a battle.
  • In law, to bring or send back, as a process or other mandate, to the tribunal whence it issued, with a short statement (usually indorsed on the process) by the officer to whom it issued, and who returns it, stating what he has done under it, or why he has done nothing: as, to return an execution non est inventus; to return a commission with the depositions taken under it.
  • To send; transmit; convey; remit.
  • To elect as a member of Congress or of Parliament.
  • To yield; give a return or profit of.
  • In card-playing, to lead back, as a suit previously led; respond to by a similar lead: as, to return a lead or a suit.
  • Synonyms Return, Restore (see restore), render.
  • To turn back.
  • To come back; come or go back to a former place or position: as, to return home.
  • To go or come back to a former state; pass back; in general, to come by any process of retrogression.
  • To come again; come a second time or repeatedly; repeat a visit.
  • To appear or begin again after a periodical revolution.
  • To revert; come back to the original possessor; hence, to fall to the share of a person; become the possession of either a previous or a new owner.
  • To go back in thought or speech; come back to a previous subject of consideration; recur.
  • To reappear; come back before the mind.
  • To make reply; retort.
  • To yield a return; give a value or profit.
  • In fencing, to give a thrust or cut after parrying a sword-thrust.
  • To turn again: as, to turn and return. Also written distinctively re-turn.
  • n. The act of sending, bringing, rendering, or restoring to a former place, position, owner, or state; the act of giving back in requital, recompense, retort, or response; election, as of a member of Congress or of Parliament; also, the state of being returned. See return, transitive verb
  • n. The act of going or coming back; resumption of a former place, position, state, condition, or subject of consideration; recurrence, reappearance, or reversion. See return, intransitive verb
  • n. That which is returned.
  • n. Profit, as arising from labor, effort, exertion, or use; advantage; a profitable result.
  • n. A response; a reply; an answer.
  • n. A report; a formal or official account of an action performed or a duty discharged, or of facts, statistics, and the like; especially, in the plural, a set of tabulated statistics prepared for general information: as, agricultural returns; census returns; election returns. The return of members of Parliament is, strictly speaking, the return by the sheriff or other returning officer of the writ addressed to him, certifying the election in pursuance of it.
  • n. In fencing, a thrust or cut given in answer to a sword-thrust: a more general term for riposte, which has a specific meaning, signifying the easiest and quickest return stroke available under given circumstances.
  • n. In law: The bringing or sending back of a process or other mandate to the tribunal whence it issued, with a short statement (usually indorsed on the process) by the officer to whom it issued, and who returns it, stating what he has done under it, or why he has done nothing. The return is now usually made by filing the process, with indorsed certificate, in the clerk's office.
  • n. The official certificate so indorsed.
  • n. The day on which the terms of a process or other mandate require it to be returned. See return-day.
  • n. plural A light-colored mild-flavored kind of tobacco.
  • n. In architecture, the continuation of a molding, projection, etc., in an opposite or different direction; also, a side or part which falls away from the front of any straight work. As a feature of a molding, it is usual at the termination of the dripstone or hood of a window or door.
  • n. The air which ascends after having passed through the working in a coal-mine.
  • n. In milit. engin., a short branch gallery for the reception of empty trucks. It enables loaded trucks to pass.
  • n. In music, same as reprise
  • n.
  • n. In electricity, a wire or conductor which completes an electric circuit so that the current may be returned to the generator.
  • n. A return-bend; a pipe-fitting for connecting two parallel pipes; a 180° elbow.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (American football) the act of running back the ball after a kickoff or punt or interception or fumble
  • n. the key on electric typewriters or computer keyboards that causes a carriage return and a line feed
  • v. go back to a previous state
  • n. a coming to or returning home
  • v. answer back
  • v. pay back
  • v. go or come back to place, condition, or activity where one has been before
  • v. be restored
  • v. return in kind
  • n. a tennis stroke that sends the ball back to the other player
  • v. elect again
  • n. the occurrence of a change in direction back in the opposite direction
  • n. happening again (especially at regular intervals)
  • v. make a return
  • n. the act of someone appearing again
  • v. be inherited by
  • n. a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)
  • v. submit (a report, etc.) to someone in authority
  • n. the act of going back to a prior location
  • v. pass down
  • v. give or supply
  • n. document giving the tax collector information about the taxpayer's tax liability
  • n. a reciprocal group action
  • v. return to a previous position; in mathematics
  • n. getting something back again
  • v. give back
  • v. bring back to the point of departure
  • n. the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property
  • v. go back to something earlier

Etymologies

Middle English retornen, from Old French retourner, from Vulgar Latin *retornāre : Latin re-, re- + Latin tornāre, to turn in a lathe; see turn.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English returnen, retornen, from Anglo-Norman returner, from Old French retourner, retorner, from Medieval Latin retornare ("to turn back"), from re- + tornare ("to turn"). Compare beturn. (Wiktionary)

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