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English Dictionary: returning by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. tending to return to an earlier state [syn: returning, reverting]
  2. tending to be turned back
    Synonym(s): returning(a), reversive
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]
                     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.
      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.
      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.
      5. To go back in thought, narration, or argument. [bd]But to
            return to my story.[b8] --Fielding.
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