What does Return mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Return.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tax return, income tax return, return(noun)

    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"

  2. return, homecoming(noun)

    a coming to or returning home

    "on his return from Australia we gave him a welcoming party"

  3. return, coming back(noun)

    the occurrence of a change in direction back in the opposite direction

  4. restitution, return, restoration, regaining(noun)

    getting something back again

    "upon the restitution of the book to its rightful owner the child was given a tongue lashing"

  5. return(noun)

    the act of going back to a prior location

    "they set out on their return to the base camp"

  6. return, issue, take, takings, proceeds, yield, payoff(noun)

    the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property

    "the average return was about 5%"

  7. recurrence, return(noun)

    happening again (especially at regular intervals)

    "the return of spring"

  8. rejoinder, retort, return, riposte, replication, comeback, counter(noun)

    a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)

    "it brought a sharp rejoinder from the teacher"

  9. return key, return(noun)

    the key on electric typewriters or computer keyboards that causes a carriage return and a line feed

  10. return, paying back, getting even(noun)

    a reciprocal group action

    "in return we gave them as good as we got"

  11. return(noun)

    a tennis stroke that sends the ball back to the other player

    "he won the point on a cross-court return"

  12. return(noun)

    (American football) the act of running back the ball after a kickoff or punt or interception or fumble

  13. reappearance, return(verb)

    the act of someone appearing again

    "his reappearance as Hamlet has been long awaited"

  14. return(verb)

    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"

  15. render, return(verb)

    give back

    "render money"

  16. revert, return, retrovert, regress, turn back(verb)

    go back to a previous state

    "We reverted to the old rules"

  17. hark back, return, come back, recall(verb)

    go back to something earlier

    "This harks back to a previous remark of his"

  18. return, take back, bring back(verb)

    bring back to the point of departure

  19. return(verb)

    return in kind

    "return a compliment"; "return her love"

  20. return(verb)

    make a return

    "return a kickback"

  21. retort, come back, repay, return, riposte, rejoin(verb)

    answer back

  22. come back, return(verb)

    be restored

    "Her old vigor returned"

  23. refund, return, repay, give back(verb)

    pay back

    "Please refund me my money"

  24. render, deliver, return(verb)

    pass down

    "render a verdict"; "deliver a judgment"

  25. reelect, return(verb)

    elect again

  26. fall, return, pass, devolve(verb)

    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"

  27. return(verb)

    return to a previous position; in mathematics

    "The point returned to the interior of the figure"

  28. render, yield, return, give, generate(verb)

    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"

  29. return(verb)

    submit (a report, etc.) to someone in authority

    "submit a bill to a legislative body"


  1. return(Noun)

    The act of returning.

    "I expect the house to be spotless upon my return."

  2. return(Noun)

    A return ticket.

    Do you want a one-way or return?

  3. return(Noun)

    An item that is returned, e.g. due to a defect.

    Last year there were 250 returns of this product, an improvement on the 500 returns the year before.

  4. return(Noun)

    Gain or loss from an investment.

    It yielded a return of 5%.

  5. return(Noun)

    : A report of income submitted to a government for purposes of specifying exact tax payment amounts. A tax return.

    Hand in your return by the end of the tax year.

  6. return(Noun)

    A carriage return character.

  7. return(Noun)

    The act of relinquishing control to the calling procedure.

  8. return(Noun)

    A return value: the data passed back from a called procedure.

  9. return(Noun)

    A short perpendicular extension of a desk, usually slightly lower.

  10. return(Verb)

    To come or go back (to a place or person).

    Although the birds fly north for the summer, they return here in winter.

  11. return(Verb)

    To go back in thought, narration, or argument.

    To return to my story...

  12. return(Verb)

    To turn back, retreat.

  13. return(Verb)

    To turn (something) round.

  14. return(Verb)

    To put something back where it had been.

    Please return your hands to your lap.

  15. return(Verb)

    To give something back to its original holder or owner.

    You should return the library book within one month.

  16. return(Verb)

    To take something back to a retailer for a refund.

    If the goods don't work, you can return them.

  17. return(Verb)

    To bat the ball back over the net in response to a serve.

    The player couldn't return the serve because it was so fast.

  18. return(Verb)

    To play a card as a result of another player's lead.

    If one players plays a trump, the others must return a trump.

  19. return(Noun)

    Catching a ball after a punt and running it back towards the opposing team.

  20. return(Noun)

    A throw from a fielder to the wicket-keeper or to another fielder at the wicket.

  21. return(Verb)

    To throw a ball back to the wicket-keeper (or a fielder at that position) from somewhere in the field.

  22. return(Verb)

    To say in reply; to respond.

  23. return(Verb)

    To relinquish control to the calling procedure.

  24. return(Verb)

    To pass (data) back to the calling procedure.

    This function returns the number of files in the directory.

  25. Origin: From returnen, retornen, from returner, from retourner, retorner, from retornare, from re- + tornare. Compare beturn.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Return(verb)

    to turn back; to go or come again to the same place or condition

  2. Return(verb)

    to come back, or begin again, after an interval, regular or irregular; to appear again

  3. Return(verb)

    to speak in answer; to reply; to respond

  4. Return(verb)

    to revert; to pass back into possession

  5. Return(verb)

    to go back in thought, narration, or argument

  6. Return(verb)

    to bring, carry, send, or turn, back; as, to return a borrowed book, or a hired horse

  7. Return(verb)

    to repay; as, to return borrowed money

  8. Return(verb)

    to give in requital or recompense; to requite

  9. Return(verb)

    to give back in reply; as, to return an answer; to return thanks

  10. Return(verb)

    to retort; to throw back; as, to return the lie

  11. Return(verb)

    to report, or bring back and make known

  12. Return(verb)

    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

  13. Return(verb)

    hence, to elect according to the official report of the election officers

  14. Return(verb)

    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

  15. Return(verb)

    to convey into official custody, or to a general depository

  16. Return(verb)

    to bat (the ball) back over the net

  17. Return(verb)

    to lead in response to the lead of one's partner; as, to return a trump; to return a diamond for a club

  18. Return(noun)

    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

  19. Return(noun)

    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

  20. Return(noun)

    that which is returned

  21. Return(noun)

    a payment; a remittance; a requital

  22. Return(noun)

    an answer; as, a return to one's question

  23. Return(noun)

    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

  24. Return(noun)

    the profit on, or advantage received from, labor, or an investment, undertaking, adventure, etc

  25. Return(noun)

    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

  26. Return(noun)

    the rendering back or delivery of writ, precept, or execution, to the proper officer or court

  27. Return(noun)

    the certificate of an officer stating what he has done in execution of a writ, precept, etc., indorsed on the document

  28. Return(noun)

    the sending back of a commission with the certificate of the commissioners

  29. Return(noun)

    a day in bank. See Return day, below

  30. Return(noun)

    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

  31. Return(noun)

    the turnings and windings of a trench or mine

  32. Origin: [OE. returnen, retournen, F. retourner; pref. re- re- + tourner to turn. See Turn.]


  1. Return

    Return is a Norwegian rock band from Stange, Hedmark. The band started in 1980, and was in its prime in the late 1980- and early 1990-. In this period they had several singles on the Norwegian hit charts and were among the bestselling bands in the country. In 1993 the band took a break, but came back in 2001 with a collection and some gigs. In 2005 they released a new studio album, and in 2008 they released another collection which also includes a DVD with shots from a concert in Hamar in 2007. The band's musical style has gone through minimal changes through almost three decades; they've kept most of the typical 80s rock, with a substantial amount of power ballads. The band have hits in their native Norway and in other countries such as Switzerland.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Return

    rē-turn′, v.i. to come back to the same place or state: to answer: to retort: to turn back: to repeat: to revert: to recur: to reappear.—v.t. to bring or send back: to transmit: to give back: to repay: to give back in reply: to report: to give an account: to cast back: to reflect: to re-echo: to revolve: to restore: to requite: to return a call: to elect, as a member of parliament: in card-playing, to lead back in response to the lead of one's partner: in tennis, to bat the ball back over the net: in fencing, to give a thrust or cut after parrying a sword-thrust.—n. the act of going back: revolution: periodic renewal: the act of bringing or sending back: restitution: repayment: the profit on capital or labour: a reply: a report or account, esp. official: (pl.) a light-coloured and mild kind of tobacco: (law) the rendering back of a writ to the proper officer: (mil.) the return of the men fit for duty: (archit.) the continuation in a different direction of the face of a building, as a moulding.—adj. Retur′nable, legally requiring to be returned.—ns. Return′-bend, a pipe-coupling in the shape of the letter U shape; Return′-car′go, a cargo brought back in place of merchandise previously sent out; Return′-check, a ticket for readmission; Return′-day, the day fixed when the defendant is to appear in court; Retur′ner; Retur′ning-off′icer, the officer who makes returns of writs, &c.: the presiding officer at an election.—adj. Return′less.—ns. Return′-match, a second match played by the same set of players; Return′-shock, an electric shock due to the action of induction sometimes felt after a lightning-flash; Return′-tag, a tag attached to a railway-car as evidence of its due arrival; Return′-tick′et, a ticket issued by a company for a journey and its return, usually at a reduced charge; Return′-valve, a valve which opens to allow reflux of a fluid in case of overflow. [Fr. retournerre-, back, tourner, to turn—L. tornāre, to turn.]

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Return

    A line or conductor which is supposed to carry current back to its starting point, after it has traversed a line. It may be a wire or the grounding of the ends of a line [or] may make the earth act as a return, termed ground- or earth-return. The best distinction of a return is to so term the portion of a circuit on which no apparatus is placed.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. return

    A ship on a return voyage is not generally liable; but if she sailed on the outward voyage under false papers, the liability to confiscation continues.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. return

    An official account, report, or statement, rendered to the commander or other superior; as, the return of men fit for duty; the return of the number of the sick; the return of provisions, etc. For punishment of officers making false returns, see Appendix, Articles of War, 8.

Editors Contribution

  1. return

    To go to a specific location.

    The return flight was easy as the weather was calm and steady.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 27, 2019  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Return' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1143

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Return' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2539

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Return' in Nouns Frequency: #435

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Return' in Verbs Frequency: #100

Anagrams for Return »

  1. turner, Turner

  2. Turner

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Return in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Return in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Return in a Sentence

  1. Maureen Elworthy:

    The [return] is negative.

  2. Prosecutor Juan Martinez:

    Return a verdict of death.

  3. Harrison Ford:

    Engine failure; immediate return.

  4. Sheriff Dee Anderson:

    Plans for her return now in motion.

  5. Oren Gutfeld:

    It drove us to return to the caves.

Images & Illustrations of Return

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Translations for Return

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  • عودة, رجع, عاد, أرجع, أعادArabic
  • ফেরত দেয়াBengali
  • distroBreton
  • restar, tornarCatalan, Valencian
  • návratnost, návrat, vrátitCzech
  • Rückkehr, Rückfahrkarte, zurückkehren, zurückkommen, zurückgebenGerman
  • επαναφορά, γυρίζω, επιστρέφωGreek
  • reiro, reveno, redoni, reveniEsperanto
  • volver, retornar, regresar, devolver, retrovenderSpanish
  • naasmaEstonian
  • بازگشت, برگشت, دوسره, برگشتی, بازگشتن, برگرداندن, بازگرداندن, برگشتنPersian
  • palautus, palautustieto, tulos, veroilmoitus, asiakaspalautus, sivupöytä, paluu, tulokset, [[edestakainen]] [[matkalippu]], raportti, rivinsiirto, menopaluulippu, ilmoittaa, palata, vastata, [[laittaa]] [[takaisin]], palauttaa, maksaa samalla mitalla, [[kääntää]] [[ympäri]]Finnish
  • retour, revenir, relancer, retourner, rendre, remettreFrench
  • fillIrish
  • dìoladhScottish Gaelic
  • volverGalician
  • תְּשׁוּאָה, הֶחֱזִיר, חָזַרHebrew
  • वापस देना, लौटनाHindi
  • վերադարձնել, վերադառնալArmenian
  • retornarInterlingua
  • retroirarIdo
  • skilaIcelandic
  • tornare, restituireItalian
  • 返却, 復帰, 帰還, 利益, 還付, 戻り値, 復路の切符, 返品, 返す, 戻る, 返球する, 戻す, 帰るJapanese
  • 돌아가다Korean
  • گه‌ڕانه‌وه‌, پله‌ی گه‌ڕانه‌وه‌, گه‌ڕاندنه‌وه‌, هاتنه‌وه‌Kurdish
  • reversio, reditus, regressus, revertersio, redhibeo, remeo, revertor, redeo, reddo, revenio, regredior, restituoLatin
  • ກັບຄືນLao
  • retour, retourneren, teruggaan, terugkeren, terugkomen, terugbrengen, teruggevenDutch
  • tornarOccitan
  • powrót, zwrot, zwracać, wracać się, zwrócić, wrócić, powracać, powrócić, wracaćPolish
  • volta, regresso, retorno, regressar, voltar, retornar, devolverPortuguese
  • chayanpuy, kutiyQuechua
  • tuornar, turner, turnarRomansh
  • revenire, reîntoarcere, înapoiere, întoarce, returna, restitui, înapoiaRomanian
  • возврат, отдача, возвращение, возврат каретки, верну́ть, возвраща́ться, возврати́ться, верну́ться, возврати́ть, возвраща́тьRussian
  • torràe, torrài, torrareSardinian
  • povratek, vrnitev, vrnitiSlovene
  • retur, återvändo, återbäring, returtangent, skatteåterbäring, returbiljett, återkomst, avkastning, vagnretur, deklaration, returvärde, självdeklaration, returnera, återlämna, reklamera, återvändaSwedish
  • لوٹاUrdu
  • ridner, rindeWalloon

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