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1 return /rɪˈtɚn/ verb
returns; returned; returning
1 return
/rɪˈtɚn/
verb
returns; returned; returning
Learner's definition of RETURN
[no object] : to come or go to a place again : to come back or go back again
often + from or to
see also return to (below)
[+ object]
: to bring, give, send, or take (something) to the place that it came from or the place where it should go
: to bring or send (something that you bought) to the place that it came from because it does not work or fit properly, because it is damaged, etc.
: to bring (empty bottles or cans) to a place that collects them so that they can be used again
[no object] : to happen or exist again
[+ object] : to respond to (something) in the same way
[+ object] formal : to make an official report of (a decision or order)
[+ object] tennis : to hit back (a ball that was hit to you)
[+ object] American football : to run with the ball after getting it because of a kick, fumble, etc.
[+ object] British : to elect (someone) to office usually used as (be) returned often + as
[+ object] finance : to produce or earn (something, such as a profit or loss)

return to

[phrasal verb]
return to (something)
: to go to (a place where you work, study, etc.) again after being away for a time
see also 1return 1 (above)
: to start doing or using (something) again especially after a long time
: to start an activity again that relates to (something)
: to change back to (an earlier or original condition or state)
2 return /rɪˈtɚn/ noun
plural returns
2 return
/rɪˈtɚn/
noun
plural returns
Learner's definition of RETURN
[singular] : the act of coming or going back to the place you started from or to a place where you were before
[singular] : the act of going back to an activity, job, situation, etc. : the act of starting to do something again after stopping
[singular]
: the fact that something (such as a condition, feeling, or situation) happens again + of
: the fact that someone or something changes to a condition or state that existed before
[singular] : the act of taking someone or something back to the proper place + of
[count] : something that is brought or sent back to a store or business because it does not work or fit properly, is damaged, is not needed, etc.
returns [plural] chiefly US : empty cans or bottles that are brought back to a store so that they can be used again
finance : the profit from an investment or business
[count]
often + on
[noncount]
sometimes used figuratively
returns [plural] : a report of the results of voting
[count] : a report that you send to the government about the money that you have earned and the taxes that you have paid in one year
[count] sports : the act of returning a ball
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[count] British : a ticket for a trip that takes you to a place and back to the place you started from : a round-trip ticket

by return

British or by return of post
: immediately by mail

happy returns

old fashioned
used for wishing someone a happy birthday and to express the hope that he or she will live to celebrate many more birthdays in the future

in return

: in payment or exchange
often + for
see also point of no return
3 return /rɪˈtɚn/ adjective
3 return
/rɪˈtɚn/
adjective
Learner's definition of RETURN
always used before a noun
: used in or taken for returning to a place
: happening or done for the second time
chiefly British : used or paying for a trip that takes you to a place and back to the place you started from
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