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Dictionary Definition



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" [syn: tax return, income tax return]
2 a coming to or returning home; "on his return from Australia we gave him a welcoming party" [syn: homecoming]
3 the occurrence of a change in direction back in the opposite direction [syn: coming back]
4 getting something back again; "upon the restitution of the book to its rightful owner the child was given a tongue lashing" [syn: restitution, restoration, regaining]
5 the act of returning to a prior location; "they set out on their return to the base camp"
6 the income arising from land or other property; "the average return was about 5%" [syn: issue, proceeds, take, takings, yield, payoff]
7 happening again (especially at regular intervals); "the return of spring" [syn: recurrence]
8 a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one); "it brought a sharp rejoinder from the teacher" [syn: rejoinder, retort, riposte, replication, comeback, counter]
9 the key on electric typewriters or computer keyboards that causes a carriage return and a line feed [syn: return key]
10 a reciprocal group action; "in return we gave them as good as we got" [syn: paying back, getting even]
11 a tennis stroke that returns the ball 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" [syn: reappearance]


1 come back to place where one has been before, or return to a previous activity [syn: go back, get back, come back]
2 give back; "render money" [syn: render]
3 go back to a previous state; "We reverted to the old rules" [syn: revert, retrovert, regress, turn back]
4 go back to something earlier; "This harks back to a previous remark of his" [syn: hark back, come back, recall]
5 bring back to the point of departure [syn: take back, bring back]
6 return in kind; "return a compliment"; "return her love"
7 make a return; "return a kickback"
8 answer back [syn: retort, come back, repay, riposte, rejoin]
9 be restored; "Her old vigor returned" [syn: come back]
10 pay back; "Please refund me my money" [syn: refund, repay, give back]
11 pass down; "render a verdict"; "deliver a judgment" [syn: render, deliver]
12 elect again [syn: reelect]
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" [syn: fall, 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" [syn: render, yield, give, generate]
16 submit (a report, etc.) to someone in authority; "submit a bill to a legislative body"

User Contributed Dictionary



From retorner (French: retourner).


  • a UK /ɹɪˈtɜːn/, /rI"t3:n/
  • a US /ɹɪˈtɝn/, /rI"t3`n/
  • Rhymes: -ɜː(r)n
  • Hyphenation: re·turn


  1. To give something back to its original holder/owner.
  2. To take something back to a retailer for a refund.
  3. To come back after some period of time, or at regular intervals.
  4. To go back in thought, narration, or argument. "But to return to my story."
  5. In the context of "Tennis": : To bat the ball in response to a serve over the net.
  6. In the context of "Card games": : To play a card as a result of another player's lead; return a trump.
  7. To throw a ball back to the wicket-keeper (or a fielder at that position) from somewhere in the field.
  8. To go back from a called procedure to the procedure that called it.
  9. Of a called procedure, to pass back (data) to the calling procedure.


to give something back to its original holder/owner
to take something back to a retailer for a refund
to come back after some period of time, or at regular intervals
to go back in thought, narration, or argument
tennis: to bat the ball in response to a serve over the net
  • Japanese: 返す, 返球する
card games: to play a card as a result of another player's lead
cricket: to throw a ball back to the wicket-keeper
computing: to go back from a called procedure to the procedure that called it
computing: of a called procedure, to pass back (data) to the calling procedure
  • Japanese: 返す
возвращаться (vozvraš'át’s'a) (3,4), возвратиться (vozvratít’s'a) (3,4), вернуться (v'ernút's'a) (3,4)


  1. The act of a person returning.
    "Upon my return..."
  2. A return ticket.
  3. An item that is returned, e.g. due to a defect.
  4. : Gain or loss from an investment. "It yielded a return of 5%..."
  5. In the context of "taxation|finance": : A report of income submitted to a government for purposes of specifying exact tax payment amounts. A tax return.
  6. A character that indicates a new line. Hexadecimal %x0d, decimal 13. Old typewriters had a carriage that lined up the paper with the printing strike-arms; with the advent of electronic typewriters, the "carriage return" key would realign the printing at the left margin, and advance to a new line. Early computers added (13,10) to indicate a new line, with variations such as (10), (13) and even (10,13). Modern computer use has expanded the meaning to denote a new paragraph.
  7. The act of going back from a called procedure to the procedure that called it.
  8. The data passed back from a called procedure to the calling procedure (also return value).
  9. A short extention (perpendicular) of a desk, usually slightly lower.
  10. In the context of "Football (American)": : Catching a ball after a punt, and running it back towards the opposing team.
  11. A throw from a fielder to the wicket-keeper or to another fielder at the wicket.


act of a person returning
  • Czech: návrat
  • Finnish: paluu
  • Japanese: 復帰
  • Kurdish:
  • Russian: возвращение
  • Slovene: vrnitev , povratek
return ticket
item that is returned
finance: gain or loss from an investment
  • Czech: návratnost
  • Finnish: tulos
  • Japanese: 利益
  • Russian: отдача (otdáča)
finance: tax return
computing: character that indicates a new line
computing: act of going back from a called procedure to the procedure that called it
  • Finnish: paluu, palautus
  • Japanese: 復帰
  • Russian: возврат (vozvrát)
computing: return value
short prependicular extention of a desk
American football


Extensive Definition

Return may refer to:
  • Return (architecture), the receding edge of a flat face
  • Return (finance), the financial term for the profit or loss derived from an investment
  • Tax return, a form submitted to taxation authorities
  • Carriage return, a key on an alphanumeric keyboard commonly equated with the "enter" key
  • Return statement, a computer programming statement that ends a subroutine and resumes execution where the subroutine was called
  • A product brought back to a store for a refund
return in German: Return
return in French: Return
return in Dutch: Return
return in Russian: Возвращение

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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