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English Dictionary: return by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
return
n
  1. document giving the tax collector information about the taxpayer's tax liability; "his gross income was enough that he had to file a tax return"
    Synonym(s): tax return, income tax return, return
  2. a coming to or returning home; "on his return from Australia we gave him a welcoming party"
    Synonym(s): return, homecoming
  3. the occurrence of a change in direction back in the opposite direction
    Synonym(s): return, coming back
  4. getting something back again; "upon the restitution of the book to its rightful owner the child was given a tongue lashing"
    Synonym(s): restitution, return, restoration, regaining
  5. the act of going back to a prior location; "they set out on their return to the base camp"
  6. the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property; "the average return was about 5%"
    Synonym(s): return, issue, take, takings, proceeds, yield, payoff
  7. happening again (especially at regular intervals); "the return of spring"
    Synonym(s): recurrence, return
  8. a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one); "it brought a sharp rejoinder from the teacher"
    Synonym(s): rejoinder, retort, return, riposte, replication, comeback, counter
  9. the key on electric typewriters or computer keyboards that causes a carriage return and a line feed
    Synonym(s): return key, return
  10. a reciprocal group action; "in return we gave them as good as we got"
    Synonym(s): return, paying back, getting even
  11. a tennis stroke that sends the ball back to the other player; "he won the point on a cross-court return"
  12. (American football) the act of running back the ball after a kickoff or punt or interception or fumble
  13. the act of someone appearing again; "his reappearance as Hamlet has been long awaited"
    Synonym(s): reappearance, return
v
  1. go or come back to place, condition, or activity where one has been before; "return to your native land"; "the professor returned to his teaching position after serving as Dean"
  2. give back; "render money"
    Synonym(s): render, return
  3. go back to a previous state; "We reverted to the old rules"
    Synonym(s): revert, return, retrovert, regress, turn back
  4. go back to something earlier; "This harks back to a previous remark of his"
    Synonym(s): hark back, return, come back, recall
  5. bring back to the point of departure
    Synonym(s): return, take back, bring back
  6. return in kind; "return a compliment"; "return her love"
  7. make a return; "return a kickback"
  8. answer back
    Synonym(s): retort, come back, repay, return, riposte, rejoin
  9. be restored; "Her old vigor returned"
    Synonym(s): come back, return
  10. pay back; "Please refund me my money"
    Synonym(s): refund, return, repay, give back
  11. pass down; "render a verdict"; "deliver a judgment"
    Synonym(s): render, deliver, return
  12. elect again
    Synonym(s): reelect, return
  13. be inherited by; "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"
    Synonym(s): fall, return, pass, devolve
  14. return to a previous position; in mathematics; "The point returned to the interior of the figure"
  15. give or supply; "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"
    Synonym(s): render, yield, return, give, generate
  16. submit (a report, etc.) to someone in authority; "submit a bill to a legislative body"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Return \Re*turn"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Returned}; p. pr. & vb.
      n. {Returning}.] [OE. returnen, retournen, F. retourner;
      pref. re- re- + tourner to turn. See {Turn}.]
      1. To turn back; to go or come again to the same place or
            condition. [bd]Return to your father's house.[b8]
            --Chaucer.
  
                     On their embattled ranks the waves return. --Milton.
  
                     If they returned out of bondage, it must be into a
                     state of freedom.                              --Locke.
  
                     Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
                                                                              --Gen. iii.
                                                                              19.
  
      2. To come back, or begin again, after an interval, regular
            or irregular; to appear again.
  
                     With the year Seasons return; but not me returns Day
                     or the sweet approach of even or morn. --Milton.
  
      3. To speak in answer; to reply; to respond.
  
                     He said, and thus the queen of heaven returned.
                                                                              --Pope.
  
      4. To revert; to pass back into possession.
  
                     And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the
                     kingdom return to the house of David. --1Kings xii.
                                                                              26.
  
      5. To go back in thought, narration, or argument. [bd]But to
            return to my story.[b8] --Fielding.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Re-turn \Re-turn"\, v. t. & i.
      To turn again.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Return \Re*turn"\, v. t.
      1. To bring, carry, send, or turn, back; as, to return a
            borrowed book, or a hired horse.
  
                     Both fled attonce, ne ever back returned eye.
                                                                              --Spenser.
  
      2. To repay; as, to return borrowed money.
  
      3. To give in requital or recompense; to requite.
  
                     The Lord shall return thy wickedness upon thine own
                     head.                                                --1 Kings ii.
                                                                              44.
  
      4. To give back in reply; as, to return an answer; to return
            thanks.
  
      5. To retort; to throw back; as, to return the lie.
  
                     If you are a malicious reader, you return upon me,
                     that I affect to be thought more impartial than I
                     am.                                                   --Dryden.
  
      6. To report, or bring back and make known.
  
                     And all the people answered together, . . . and
                     Moses returned the words of the people unto the
                     Lord.                                                --Ex. xix. 8.
  
      7. To render, as an account, usually an official account, to
            a superior; to report officially by a list or statement;
            as, to return a list of stores, of killed or wounded; to
            return the result of an election.
  
      8. Hence, to elect according to the official report of the
            election officers. [Eng.]
  
      9. To bring or send back to a tribunal, or to an office, with
            a certificate of what has been done; as, to return a writ.
  
      10. To convey into official custody, or to a general
            depository.
  
                     Instead of a ship, he should levy money, and return
                     the same to the treasurer for his majesty's use.
                                                                              --Clarendon.
  
      11. (Tennis) To bat (the ball) back over the net.
  
      12. (Card Playing) To lead in response to the lead of one's
            partner; as, to return a trump; to return a diamond for a
            club.
  
      {To return a lead} (Card Playing), to lead the same suit led
            by one's partner.
  
      Syn: To restore; requite; repay; recompense; render; remit;
               report.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Return \Re*turn"\, n.
      1. The act of returning (intransitive), or coming back to the
            same place or condition; as, the return of one long
            absent; the return of health; the return of the seasons,
            or of an anniversary.
  
                     At the return of the year the king of Syria will
                     come up against thee.                        --1 Kings xx.
                                                                              22.
  
                     His personal return was most required and necessary.
                                                                              --Shak.
  
      2. The act of returning (transitive), or sending back to the
            same place or condition; restitution; repayment; requital;
            retribution; as, the return of anything borrowed, as a
            book or money; a good return in tennis.
  
                     You made my liberty your late request: Is no return
                     due from a grateful breast?               --Dryden.
  
      3. That which is returned. Specifically:
            (a) A payment; a remittance; a requital.
  
                           I do expect return Of thrice three times the
                           value of this bond.                     --Shak.
            (b) An answer; as, a return to one's question.
            (c) An account, or formal report, of an action performed,
                  of a duty discharged, of facts or statistics, and the
                  like; as, election returns; a return of the amount of
                  goods produced or sold; especially, in the plural, a
                  set of tabulated statistics prepared for general
                  information.
            (d) The profit on, or advantage received from, labor, or
                  an investment, undertaking, adventure, etc.
  
                           The fruit from many days of recreation is very
                           little; but from these few hours we spend in
                           prayer, the return is great.         --Jer. Taylor.
  
      4. (Arch.) The continuation in a different direction, most
            often at a right angle, of a building, face of a building,
            or any member, as a molding or mold; -- applied to the
            shorter in contradistinction to the longer; thus, a facade
            of sixty feet east and west has a return of twenty feet
            north and south.
  
      5. (Law)
            (a) The rendering back or delivery of writ, precept, or
                  execution, to the proper officer or court.
            (b) The certificate of an officer stating what he has done
                  in execution of a writ, precept, etc., indorsed on the
                  document.
            (c) The sending back of a commission with the certificate
                  of the commissioners.
            (d) A day in bank. See {Return day}, below. --Blackstone.
  
      6. (Mil. & Naval) An official account, report, or statement,
            rendered to the commander or other superior officer; as,
            the return of men fit for duty; the return of the number
            of the sick; the return of provisions, etc.
  
      7. pl. (Fort. & Mining) The turnings and windings of a trench
            or mine.
  
      {Return ball}, a ball held by an elastic string so that it
            returns to the hand from which it is thrown, -- used as a
            plaything.
  
      {Return bend}, a pipe fitting for connecting the contiguous
            ends of two nearly parallel pipes lying alongside or one
            above another.
  
      {Return day} (Law), the day when the defendant is to appear
            in court, and the sheriff is to return the writ and his
            proceedings.
  
      {Return flue}, in a steam boiler, a flue which conducts flame
            or gases of combustion in a direction contrary to their
            previous movement in another flue.
  
      {Return pipe} (Steam Heating), a pipe by which water of
            condensation from a heater or radiator is conveyed back
            toward the boiler.
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