What is the meaning of return?


  • Document giving the tax collector information about the taxpayer's tax liability.
    • usage: "his gross income was enough that he had to file a tax return"
  • A coming to or returning home.
    • usage: "on his return from Australia we gave him a welcoming party"
  • The occurrence of a change in direction back in the opposite direction.
  • Getting something back again.
    • usage: "upon the restitution of the book to its rightful owner the child was given a tongue lashing"
  • The act of going back to a prior location.
    • usage: "they set out on their return to the base camp"
  • The income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property.
    • usage: "the average return was about 5"
  • Happening again (especially at regular intervals. )
    • usage: "the return of spring"
  • A quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one. )
    • usage: "it brought a sharp rejoinder from the teacher"
  • The key on electric typewriters or computer keyboards that causes a carriage return and a line feed.
  • A reciprocal group action.
    • usage: "in return we gave them as good as we got"
  • A tennis stroke that sends the ball back to the other player.
    • usage: "he won the point on a cross-court return"
  • American football. ( the act of running back the ball after a kickoff or punt or interception or fumble)
  • The act of someone appearing again.
    • usage: "his reappearance as Hamlet has been long awaited"


  • Go or come back to place, condition, or activity where one has been before.
    • usage: "return to your native land"; "the professor returned to his teaching position after serving as Dean"
  • Give back.
    • usage: "render money"
  • Go back to a previous state.
    • usage: "We reverted to the old rules"
  • Go back to something earlier.
    • usage: "This harks back to a previous remark of his"
  • Bring back to the point of departure.
  • Return in kind.
    • usage: "return a compliment"; "return her love"
  • Make a return.
    • usage: "return a kickback"
  • Answer back.
  • Be restored.
    • usage: "Her old vigor returned"
  • Pay back.
    • usage: "Please refund me my money"
  • Pass down.
    • usage: "render a verdict"; "deliver a judgment"
  • Elect again.
  • Be inherited by.
    • usage: "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"
  • Return to a previous position; in mathematics.
    • usage: "The point returned to the interior of the figure"
  • Give or supply.
    • usage: "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"
  • Submit (a report, etc.) to someone in authority.
    • usage: "submit a bill to a legislative body"
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