I UK [rɪˈtɜː(r)n] / US [rɪˈtɜrn] verb
Word forms "return":
present tense I/you/we/they return he/she/it returns present participle returning past tense returned past participle returned
a) [intransitive] to go back to a place where you were earlier, or to come back from a place where you have just been

One day she just walked out and never returned.

return to:

Be careful. We want you to return to base in one piece.

return from:

And when do you return from Paris?

return home:

He returned home around midnight.

b) if a feeling or situation returns, it starts to happen again

I see that the good weather has returned.

If the nausea returns, take one of these pills.

doubts/fears/suspicions return:

All my fears returned when I realized he'd gone to see her again.

2) [transitive] to put, send, or take something back to the place where it came from

She had to return the dress because it didn't fit.

return something to someone:

Please complete the questionnaire and return it to the personnel department.

3) [transitive] to do or say something to someone that is similar to something that they have done or said to you

I waved and called to her, and she returned my greeting.

I'm sorry I wasn't able to return your phone call earlier.

return the favour (= help someone because they have helped you):

Thanks for helping me. I'll try to return the favour some day.

return someone's fire (= shoot at someone who has shot at you):

As soon as we started shooting, the enemy returned our fire.

4) [transitive] to produce a particular amount of profit on money that has been invested

The £10,000 she invested returned a handsome profit.

5) [intransitive/transitive] to hit a ball back to your opponent in a game such as tennis

Agassi usually returns serve very well.

6) [transitive] to elect someone to a position, especially in parliament
return someone to something:

The voters returned her to parliament last year.

return someone to office:

It seems unlikely that the President will be returned to office.

return a verdict (of something) — to say whether someone is guilty or not guilty of a crime in a court of law

return a verdict (of something) of:

After several hours the jury returned a verdict of not guilty.

Phrasal verbs:
II UK [rɪˈtɜː(r)n] / US [rɪˈtɜrn] noun
Word forms "return":
singular return plural returns
1) [singular/uncountable] a situation in which you go back to a place or come back from a place
return from:

Harry had met Olivia shortly after his return from India.

return to:

Back at the hotel, John was packing for his return to London.

on someone's return (from/to something):

On her return to England, she published an account of her travels.

a) [singular/uncountable] a situation in which you go back to a previous activity or condition
return to:

the country's return to democratic rule

b) the start of a feeling or situation again
return of:

After a long winter, they eagerly awaited the return of spring.

3) [countable/uncountable] the action of putting, sending, or taking something back to the place where it came from

No returns are allowed on sale merchandise.

on/upon (the) return of something:

Your deposit will be refunded upon return of the bicycle.

4) [countable/uncountable] a profit on money that you have invested
return of:

We were able to get a return of 10% on our investment.

return on:

This represents a likely return on capital of over 20% in the first year.

a) [countable] British a ticket that takes you to a place and back again

I'd like two returns to Glasgow, please.

b) a ticket for an event that you give back because you no longer want it, so that it can be sold to someone else

We could queue for returns on the day of the concert.

6) returns
[plural] the results of an election

Early returns show that the Labour Party is in the lead.

7) [countable] an official form that you must fill out, especially one involving taxes

VAT/census returns

8) [uncountable] a return key

Press "Return" if you wish to proceed.

9) [countable] the action of hitting a ball back to an opponent in a game such as tennis

Williams hit a wonderful return.

by return (of post)British if you reply to a letter by return of post, you write back to the person who wrote to you, immediately after you have received their letter

III UK [rɪˈtɜː(r)n] / US [rɪˈtɜrn] adjective [only before noun]
a) British relating to travel to and from a place. The American word is round-trip

a return trip/ticket/journey

b) relating to the part of a journey that involves going back to a place or coming back from a place

She started to feel ill on the return flight to London.

2) a return match, game etc is the second one that is played between two opponents or teams

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