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1 [no object] come or go back to a place or person:he returned to Canada in the fall
) go back to (a particular state or activity):Ollie had returned to full health
) turn one’s attention back to (something):he returned to his newspaper
(especially of a feeling) come back or recur after a period of absence:her appetite had returned 2 [with object] give, put, or send (something) back to a place or person:complete the application form and return it to this address feel, say, or do (the same feeling, action, etc.) in response:she returned his kiss (in tennis and other sports) hit or send (the ball) back to an opponent. Football run upfield with the ball after fielding (a kick), intercepting (a pass), or recovering (a fumble). (of a judge or jury) state or present (a verdict) in response to a formal request. Bridge lead (a card of a suit led earlier by one’s partner). Architecture continue (a wall) in a changed direction, especially at right angles. 3 [with object] yield or make (a profit):the company returned a profit of 4.3 million dollars 4 [with object] (of an electorate) elect (a person or party) to office:the Democrat was returned in the third district
1an act of coming or going back to a place or activity:he celebrated his safe return from the war [as modifier]:a return flight [in singular] an act of going back to an earlier state or condition:the designer advocated a return to elegance the action of giving, sending, or putting something back:we demand the return of our books and papers Football a play in which the ball is caught after a kick or pass interception and is advanced by running; an advance of this kind. (in tennis and other sports) a stroke played in response to a serve or other stroke by one’s opponent. a thing that has been given or sent back, especially an unwanted ticket for a sports event or play. (also return ticket)
chiefly British a ticket that allows someone to travel to a place and back again; a round trip ticket.
an electrical conductor bringing a current back to its source. (also return game) a second contest between the same opponents. 2
) a profit from an investment:product areas are being developed to produce maximum returns
3an official report or statement submitted in response to a formal demand:census returns Law an endorsement or report by a court officer or sheriff on a writ. 4election to office:we campaigned for the return of Young and Elkins an official report of the results of an election:falsification of the election return
5 (also carriage return) a key pressed to move the carriage of an electric typewriter back to a fixed position. (also return key) a key pressed on a computer keyboard to simulate a carriage return in a word-processing program, or to indicate the end of a command or data string. 6 Architecture a part receding from the line of the front, for example the side of a house or of a window opening.