Origin of return

1275–1325; (v.) Middle English retornen < Middle French retorner, returner, Old French (see re-, turn); (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French retorn, return, derivative of Old French retorner, returner; (adj.) derivative of the noun
Related formsnon·re·turn, adjectivepre·re·turn, noun, verb (used without object)un·re·turned, adjectiveun·re·turn·ing, adjective

Definition for return (2 of 2)

carriage return


noun

(on a typewriter) the key or mechanism that causes the next character typed to appear at the left margin and on a new line.
Computers. the symbol, command, or key (return) that causes the printer to be positioned or the cursor to be displayed at the left margin.
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British Dictionary definitions for return

return

/ (rɪˈtɜːn) /

verb

noun

adjective

of, relating to, or characterized by a returna return visit; a return performance
denoting a second, reciprocated occasiona return match

Word Origin for return

C14: from Old French retorner; see re-, turn
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Idioms and Phrases with return

return


In addition to the idioms beginning with return

  • return the compliment
  • return to the fold

also see:

  • in return
  • many happy returns
  • point of no return
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