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Re·turn v. i. [imp. & p. p. Returned p. pr. & vb. n. Returning.]
1. To turn back; to go or come again to the same place or condition. “Return to your father's house.”
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. “But to return to my story.”
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.
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.
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.
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" [syn: tax return, income
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,
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,
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]
v 1: come back to place where one has been before, or return to a
previous activity [syn: go back, get back, come
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
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,
9: be restored; "Her old vigor returned" [syn: come back]
10: pay back; "Please refund me my money" [syn: refund, repay,
11: pass down; "render a verdict"; "deliver a judgment" [syn: render,
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,
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,
16: submit (a report, etc.) to someone in authority; "submit a
bill to a legislative body"