verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- to give to a judge or official (a statement or a writ of actions done).
- to render (a verdict, decision, etc.).
- the continuation of a molding, projection, etc., in a different direction.
- a side or part that falls away from the front of any straight or flat member or area.
- the act of returning a ball.
- the ball that is returned.
- the bringing or sending back of various documents, such as a writ, summons, or subpoena, with a brief written report usually endorsed upon it, by a sheriff, to the court from which it issued.
- a certified document by a great variety of officers, as assessors, collectors, and election officers.
- the report or certificate endorsed in such documents.
- merchandise shipped back to a supplier from a retailer or distributor as unsold or unsalable.
- merchandise returned to a retailer by a consumer.
Origin of return
Synonyms for return
Related Words for returnarrival, entry, rebound, restoration, recovery, revenue, profit, yield, compensation, gain, interest, income, comeback, response, report, record, turn, retire, restore, replace
Examples from the Web for return
Contemporary Examples of return
Would the Democrats rescind those rights if they were to return to power?The Black Man Who Replaced Jefferson Davis in the Senate
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Later studies showed that only gaining weight and the return of natural menstruation help improve bone density.
I know that one day in the near (ish) future, we will return to our usual hikes and bike rides.
Today, the Imperial family can be found dining at Honke Owariya upon their return from Tokyo.Inside The World’s 10 Oldest Restaurants
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Historical Examples of return
If he should do so, the law would compel him to return her magnificent dowry.
You can even now return, if you will submit to be a mere sojourner in Athens.
When you return, you will find a trifling token of remembrance for yourself and Philothea.
Accept them for a dowry; and allow me to claim one privilege in return.
The philosopher was too deeply impressed to return to the festivities of Olympia.
- a form (a tax return) on which a statement concerning one's taxable income is made
- the statement itself
- a part of a building that forms an angle with the façade
- any part of an architectural feature that forms an angle with the main part
Word Origin for return
early 14c., "to come back, come or go back to a former position" (intransitive), from Old French retorner "turn back, turn round, return" (Modern French retourner), from re- "back" (see re-) + torner "to turn" (see turn (v.)). Transitive sense of "report officially" is early 15c.; "to send back" is mid-15c.; that of "to turn back" is from c.1500. Meaning "to give in repayment" is 1590s; that of "give back, restore" c.1600. Related: Returned; returning.
late 14c., "act of coming back," also "official report of election results," from Anglo-French retorn, Old French retorne, verbal noun from retorner (see return (v.)). In ball games from 1833; specifically in tennis from 1886. Meaning "a yield, a profit" is recorded from 1620s. Meaning "a thing sent back" is from 1875. Many happy returns of the day was used by Addison (1716). Mailing return address attested from 1884.
In addition to the idioms beginning with return
- return the compliment
- return to the fold
- in return
- many happy returns
- point of no return