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 unreturnedfruitless, unpleasant, futile, unrequited, ungrateful, barren, disagreeable, distasteful, miserable, unprofitable, useless, vain, wretched, unrecognized, unrewarding, unreciprocated
Examples from the Web for unreturned
Contemporary Examples of unreturned
It seems light years away from the daily grind of unreturned phone calls and bad coffee.The Man Behind ‘Newsroom’ Anchor Will McAvoy’s Fake Tweets
July 21, 2013
Emails sent by Newsweek to the page in question were unreturned, and Faqih did not return requests for comment.Saudi Arabia's 'Day of Rage'
March 10, 2011
She then went into hiding: Repeated calls over the next 24 hours went unanswered and unreturned.Congresswoman Cheney?
May 30, 2009
Historical Examples of unreturned
The unreturned and unsuspected and I presume wicked love I felt for you.The Gorgeous Girl
Do not think that I could nourish a love unsought and unreturned.Zanoni
Edward Bulwer Lytton
And, nevertheless, you believe that your affection would not be unreturned?A Strange Story, Complete
He did not believe love so great as what he called his feeling for her could be unreturned.A Sister of the Red Cross
Mrs. L. T. Meade
But the devotion was unreturned, the constancy was not desired.The Man Who Was Good
- 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