- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM returnnon·re·turn, adjectivepre·re·turn, noun, verb (used without object)un·re·turned, adjectiveun·re·turn·ing, adjective
How to use return in a sentence
Despite the political controversy, research shows that mask mandates have great returns for public health.When states mandate masks, fewer people catch COVID-19||November 20, 2020|Popular-Science
Any returns from companies in the fund will be repurposed into the investment vehicle.A16z is now managing $16.5 billion, after announcing two new funds|Natasha Mascarenhas|November 20, 2020|TechCrunch
An email seeking clarity from Wolf’s office was not immediately returned Friday.Pennsylvania says all athletes must wear masks while playing. The Steelers say they’re exempt.|Matt Bonesteel|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
As Maryland attempted to return to practice this week, “we had all types of contingency plans,” Locksley said.Maryland football is ‘committed to getting back,’ but timeline for return is unclear|Emily Giambalvo|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
Dalton said Thursday that he got medical clearance after his case of covid-19 to return last week to the Cowboys’ facility, at which point he cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol.Cowboys QB Andy Dalton says covid-19 ‘hit me hard’ after concussion|Des Bieler|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
A spokesman for Lewisham council said last year that it would be forced to act if the family returned to Britain.Britain May Spy on Preschoolers Searching for Potential Jihadis|Nico Hines|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A single father, he had been living abroad and returned when his mother was diagnosed with cancer.
He contracted pneumonia, but he recovered and returned to demonstrating.
Recall how Clinton returned to Arkansas from the campaign trail to preside over the execution of a mentally disabled man.
If they returned to their church, they would be spared a second attack.
In nine days he returned, bringing us the thanks of congress, and fresh orders.
Some of the alarm returned, however, when the creature attempted to climb up by his own ladder.The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
Many of their cannon balls that fell far short of us, were collected and returned to them with powerful effect.
There he gave orders for the car to be put into running condition for the following morning, and returned to the hotel.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
He returned shortly, to meet his mother standing in the doorway, with pale, affrighted face.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
British Dictionary definitions for return
- 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
Other Idioms and Phrases with return
In addition to the idioms beginning with return
- return the compliment
- return to the fold
- in return
- many happy returns
- point of no return