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return meaning and definition

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Definition of return (noun)

  1. document giving the tax collector information about the taxpayer's tax liability
  2. a coming to or returning home
    • "on his return from Australia we gave him a welcoming party"
    • synonyms: homecoming
  3. the occurrence of a change in direction back in the opposite direction
  4. getting something back again
  5. the act of going back to a prior location
    • "they set out on their return to the base camp"
  6. the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property
  7. happening again (especially at regular intervals)
  8. a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)
  9. the key on electric typewriters or computer keyboards that causes a carriage return and a line feed
  10. a reciprocal group action
  11. a tennis stroke that sends the ball back to the other player
    • "he won the point on a cross-court return"
  12. (American football) the act of running back the ball after a kickoff or punt or interception or fumble
  13. the act of someone appearing again
    • "his reappearance as Hamlet has been long awaited"
    • synonyms: reappearance


Definition of return (verb)

  1. go or come back to place, condition, or activity where one has been before
    • "return to your native land"; "the professor returned to his teaching position after serving as Dean"
  2. give back
    • "render money"
    • synonyms: render
  3. go back to a previous state
  4. go back to something earlier
  5. bring back to the point of departure
  6. return in kind
    • "return a compliment"; "return her love"
  7. make a return
    • "return a kickback"
  8. answer back
  9. be restored
  10. pay back
  11. pass down
    • "render a verdict"; "deliver a judgment"
    • synonyms: deliver, render
  12. elect again
  13. be inherited by
    • "The estate fell to my sister"; "The land returned to the family"; "The estate devolved to an heir that everybody had assumed to be dead"
    • synonyms: devolve, fall, pass
  14. return to a previous position; in mathematics
    • "The point returned to the interior of the figure"
  15. give or supply
    • "The cow brings in 5 liters of milk"; "This year's crop yielded 1,000 bushels of corn"; "The estate renders some revenue for the family"
    • synonyms: generate, give, render, yield
  16. submit (a report, etc.) to someone in authority
    • "submit a bill to a legislative body"
Source: Princeton University Wordnet

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