return ( returns plural & 3rd person present) ( returning present participle) ( returned past tense & past participle )
1 verb When you returnto a place, you go back there after you have been away.
Blair will return to London tonight... V to/from n
So far more than 350,000 people have returned home. V adv
2 n-sing Your return is your arrival back at a place where you had been before.
Ryle explained the reason for his sudden return to London.
3 verb If you return something that you have borrowed or taken, you give it back or put it back.
I enjoyed the book and said so when I returned it... V n
Return is also a noun., n-sing usu N of n
The main demand of the Indians is for the return of one-and-a-half-million acres of forest to their communities.
4 verb If you return something somewhere, you put it back where it was.
He returned the notebook to his jacket. V n to n
5 verb If you return someone's action, you do the same thing to them as they have just done to you. If you return someone's feeling, you feel the same way towards them as they feel towards you.
Back at the station the Chief Inspector returned the call... V n
6 verb If a feeling or situation returns, it comes back or happens again after a period when it was not present.
Official reports in Algeria suggest that calm is returning to the country... V
Return is also a noun., n-sing with supp
It was like the return of his youth.
7 verb If you returnto a state that you were in before, you start being in that state again.
Life has improved and returned to normal. V to n
Return is also a noun., n-sing N to n
He made an uneventful return to normal health...
8 verb If you returnto a subject that you have mentioned before, you begin talking about it again.
The power of the Church is one theme all these writers return to. V to n
9 verb If you returnto an activity that you were doing before, you start doing it again.
At that stage he will be 52, young enough to return to politics if he wishes to do so. V to n
Return is also a noun., n-sing N to n
He has not ruled out the shock possibility of a return to football.
10 verb When a judge or jury returns a verdict, they announce whether they think the person on trial is guilty or not.
They returned a verdict of not guilty. V n
11 adj A return ticket is a ticket for a journey from one place to another and then back again.
(mainly BRIT) usu ADJ n
He bought a return ticket and boarded the next train for home.
Return is also a noun., n-count
BA and Air France charge more than £400 for a return to Nice.
in AM, usually use round trip
12 adj The return trip or journey is the part of a journey that takes you back to where you started from.
ADJ n (Antonym: outward)
Buy an extra ticket for the return trip.
13 n-count The returnon an investment is the profit that you get from it. (BUSINESS)
Profits have picked up this year but the return on capital remains tiny...
14 n-count A tax return is an official form that you fill in with details about your income and personal situation, so that the income tax you owe can be calculated.
He was convicted of filing false income tax returns..., Anyone with slight complications in their tax affairs is likely to be asked to fill in a return.
15 When it is someone's birthday, people sometimes say `Many happy returns' to them as a way of greeting them.
many happy returns convention
16 If you do something in returnfor what someone else has done for you, you do it because they did that thing for you.
in return phrase
The deal offers an increase in policy value in return for giving up guarantees.
17 If you say that you have reached the point of no return, you mean that you now have to continue with what you are doing and it is too late to stop.
the point of no return phrase
The release of Mr Nelson Mandela marked the point of no return in South Africa's movement away from apartheid.
to return fire →
day return ( day returns plural ) A day return is a train or bus ticket which allows you to go somewhere and come back on the same day for a lower price than an ordinary return ticket.
in AM, use round trip ticket
rate of return ( rates of return plural ) The rate of return on an investment is the amount of profit it makes, often shown as a percentage of the original investment. (BUSINESS) n-count
High rates of return can be earned on these investments.
return match ( return matches plural ) A return match is the second of two matches that are played by two sports teams or two players.
(BRIT) n-count usu sing
in AM, use rematch
return visit ( return visits plural ) If you make a return visit, you visit someone who has already visited you, or you go back to a place where you have already been once. n-count
He made a nostalgic return visit to Germany.
tax return ( tax returns plural ) A tax return is an official form that you fill in with details about your income and personal situation, so that the tax you owe can be calculated. n-count