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v. re·turned, re·turn·ing, re·turns
1. To go or come back, as to an earlier condition or place: She returned to her office after lunch.
2. To revert in speech, thought, or practice: I returned to my knitting after answering the phone.
3. To revert to a former owner.
4. To answer or respond: I said hello to him, and he returned in kind.
1. To send, put, or carry back: We return bottles to the store.
a. To give or send back in reciprocation: She returned his praise.
b. To give back to the owner: He returned her book.
c. To reflect or send back: The echo was returned by the canyon wall.
3. To produce or yield (profit or interest) as a payment for labor, investment, or expenditure.
4. Law
a. To submit (an official report, for example) to a judge or other person in authority.
b. To render or deliver (a writ or verdict, for example) to the proper officer or court of law.
5. To elect or reelect, as to a legislative body.
6. Games To respond to (a partner's lead) by leading the same suit in cards.
7. Architecture To turn away from or place at an angle to the previous line of direction.
a. Sports To hit or send back (a tennis ball, for example) to one's opponent.
b. Football To run with (the ball) after a kickoff, punt, interception, or fumble.
a. The act or condition of going, coming, bringing, or sending back: After my return, we can discuss this matter further.
b. The act of bringing or sending something back to a previous place, condition, or owner: the late return of a library book.
a. Something brought or sent back.
b. returns Merchandise returned, as to a retailer by a consumer or to a wholesaler by a retailer.
c. Something that goes or comes back.
3. A recurrence, as of a periodic occasion or event: the return of spring.
4. Something exchanged for that received; repayment.
5. A reply; a response.
a. The profit made on an exchange of goods.
b. often returns A profit or yield, as from labor or investments.
c. Output or yield per unit rather than cost per unit, as in the manufacturing of a particular product.
a. A report, list, or set of statistics, especially one that is formal or official.
b. often returns A report on the vote in an election.
c. Chiefly British An election.
8. Games A lead in certain card games that responds to the lead of one's partner.
9. Sports In tennis and certain other sports:
a. The act of hitting or sending the ball back to one's opponent.
b. The ball thus sent back.
10. Football
a. The act of running back the ball after a kickoff, punt, interception, or fumble.
b. The yardage so gained.
11. Architecture
a. The extension of a molding, projection, or other part at an angle (usually 90°) to the main part.
b. A part of a building set at an angle to the façade.
a. A turn, bend, or similar reversal of direction, as in a stream or road.
b. A pipe or conduit for carrying something, especially water, back to its starting point.
a. The key or mechanism on a machine, such as a typewriter, that positions the carriage or printing element at the beginning of a new line.
b. A key on a computer keyboard or keypad used to begin a new line or paragraph in a text editor.
14. Chiefly British A roundtrip ticket.
15. Law
a. The bringing or sending back of a writ, subpoena, or other document, generally with a short written report on it, by a sheriff or other officer to the court from which it was issued.
b. A certified report by an assessor, election officer, collector, or other official.
16. A formal tax statement on the required official form indicating taxable income, allowed deductions, exemptions, and the computed tax that is due. Also called income tax return, tax return.
1. Of, relating to, or bringing about a going or coming back to a place or situation: the return voyage; a return envelope.
2. Given, sent, or done in reciprocation or exchange: a return volley; a return invitation.
3. Performed, presented, or taking place again: a return engagement of the ballet; a return tennis match.
4. Returning or affording return or recirculation: a return plumbing pipe; a return valve.
a. Reversing or changing direction.
b. Having or formed by a reversal or change in direction; returning on itself, as a bend in a road or stream.
in return
In repayment or reciprocation.

[Middle English retornen, from Old French retourner, from Vulgar Latin *retornāre : Latin re-, re- + Latin tornāre, to turn in a lathe; see turn.]

re·turn′er n.


1. (intr) to come back to a former place or state
2. (tr) to give, take, or carry back; replace or restore
3. (tr) to repay or recompense, esp with something of equivalent value: return the compliment.
4. (Banking & Finance) (tr) to earn or yield (profit or interest) as an income from an investment or venture
5. (intr) to come back or revert in thought or speech: I'll return to that later.
6. (intr) to recur or reappear: the symptoms have returned.
7. to answer or reply
8. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (tr) to vote into office; elect
9. (Law) (tr) law (of a jury) to deliver or render (a verdict)
10. (tr) to send back or reflect (light or sound): the canyon returned my shout.
11. (tr) to submit (a report, etc) about (someone or something) to someone in authority
12. (Card Games) (tr) cards to lead back (the suit led by one's partner)
13. (General Sporting Terms) (tr) ball games to hit, throw, or play (a ball) back
14. (Architecture) (tr) architect to turn (a part, decorative moulding, etc) away from its original direction
15. (Ecclesiastical Terms) return thanks (of Christians) to say grace before a meal
16. the act or an instance of coming back
17. something that is given or sent back, esp unsatisfactory merchandise returned to the maker or supplier or a theatre ticket sent back by a purchaser for resale
18. the act or an instance of putting, sending, or carrying back; replacement or restoration
19. (Banking & Finance) (often plural) the yield, revenue, or profit accruing from an investment, transaction, or venture
20. the act or an instance of reciprocation or repayment (esp in the phrase in return for)
21. a recurrence or reappearance
22. (Banking & Finance) an official report, esp of the financial condition of a company
23. (Accounting & Book-keeping)
a. a form (a tax return) on which a statement concerning one's taxable income is made
b. the statement itself
24. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (often plural) a statement of the votes counted at an election or poll
25. an answer or reply
26. Brit short for return ticket
27. (Cookery) informal NZ a second helping of food served at a table
28. (Architecture) architect
a. a part of a building that forms an angle with the façade
b. any part of an architectural feature that forms an angle with the main part
29. (Law) law a report by a bailiff or other officer on the outcome of a formal document such as a claim, summons, etc, issued by a court
30. (Card Games) cards a lead of a card in the suit that one's partner has previously led
31. (General Sporting Terms) ball games the act of playing or throwing a ball back
32. (Communications & Information) by return by return of post Brit by the next post back to the sender
33. many happy returns many happy returns of the day a conventional greeting to someone on his or her birthday
34. the point of no return the point at which a person's commitment is irrevocable
35. of, relating to, or characterized by a return: a return visit; a return performance.
36. denoting a second, reciprocated occasion: a return match.
[C14: from Old French retorner; see re-, turn]



1. to go or come back, as to a former place, position, or state: to return from abroad.
2. to revert to a former owner.
3. to revert or recur, as in thought or discourse.
4. to make a reply or retort.
5. to put, bring, take, give, or send back to the original or proper place, position, etc.: to return a book to a shelf.
6. to send or give back in reciprocation, recompense, or requital: to return evil for good.
7. to reciprocate, repay, or react to (something sent, done, etc.) with something similar: to return a favor.
8. to render (a verdict, decision, etc.).
9. to give (a statement or a writ of actions done) to a judge or official.
10. to reflect (light, sound, etc.).
11. to yield (a profit, revenue, etc.).
12. to report or announce officially.
13. to elect or reelect, as to a legislative body.
14. to send or hit back, as a served ball in tennis.
15. Cards. to respond to (a suit led) by a similar lead.
16. Chiefly Archit. to cause to turn or proceed in a different direction: to return a molding.
17. the act or fact of returning, as by going or coming back or bringing, sending, or giving back.
18. a recurrence.
19. reciprocation, repayment, or requital: profits in return for outlay.
20. response or reply.
21. the gain realized on an exchange of goods.
22. Often, returns. a yield or profit, as from labor or investment.
23. Also called tax return . a statement on an official form showing income, deductions, exemptions, and taxes due.
24. Usu., returns. an official or unofficial report on a count of votes, candidates elected, etc.: election returns.
25. Archit.
a. the continuation of a molding, projection, etc., in a different direction.
b. a side or part that falls away from the front of any straight or flat member or area.
26. Sports.
a. the act of returning a ball.
b. the ball that is returned.
c. (in football) a runback.
27. Law.
a. the sending back of a writ, summons, etc., with a brief report endorsed on it, by a sheriff to the court that issued it.
b. a certified document by an assessor, election official, etc.
c. the report contained in such a document.
28. Cards. a lead that responds to a partner's lead.
29. returns,
a. merchandise shipped back to a supplier from a retailer or distributor as unsold.
b. merchandise returned to a retailer by a consumer.
30. of or pertaining to a return or returning.
31. sent, given, or done in return.
32. done or occurring again: a return engagement of the opera.
33. noting a person or thing that is returned or returning to a place: return cargo.
34. changing in direction; doubling or returning on itself: a return twist in a road.
35. used for returning, recirculating, etc.: the return road.
36. played in order to provide the loser of an earlier game with the opportunity to win from the same opponent.
37. adequate, necessary, or provided to enable the return of mail to its sender: a return envelope.
[1275–1325; (v.) retornen < Middle French retorner, Old French; (n.) < Anglo-French retorn, derivative of Old French retorner]


1. going back

When someone returns to a place, they go back there after they have been somewhere else.

I returned to my hotel.
Mr Platt returned from Canada in 1995.

Be Careful!
Don't say that someone 'returns back' to a place.

Return is a fairly formal word. In conversation and in less formal writing, you usually use go back, come back, or get back.

I went back to the kitchen and poured my coffee.
I have just come back from a trip to Seattle.
I've got to get back to London.

Return is also a noun. When someone goes back to a place, you can refer to their arrival there as their return.

The book was published only after his return to Russia in 1917.

In writing, if you want to say that something happens immediately after someone returns to a place, you can use a phrase beginning with on. For example, you can say 'On his return to London, he was offered a job'.

On her return she wrote the last paragraph of her autobiography.
2. giving or putting something back

When someone returns something they have taken or borrowed, they give it back or put it back.

He borrowed my best suit and didn't return it.
We returned the books to the shelf.

Be Careful!
Don't say that someone 'returns something back'.

3. 'bring back'

When people start using a practice or method that was used in the past, don't say that they 'return' the practice or method. Say that they bring it back or reintroduce it.

He thought they should bring back hanging as a punishment for murderers.
They reintroduced a scheme to provide housing for refugees.


Past participle: returned
Gerund: returning

I return
you return
he/she/it returns
we return
you return
they return
I returned
you returned
he/she/it returned
we returned
you returned
they returned
Present Continuous
I am returning
you are returning
he/she/it is returning
we are returning
you are returning
they are returning
Present Perfect
I have returned
you have returned
he/she/it has returned
we have returned
you have returned
they have returned
Past Continuous
I was returning
you were returning
he/she/it was returning
we were returning
you were returning
they were returning
Past Perfect
I had returned
you had returned
he/she/it had returned
we had returned
you had returned
they had returned
I will return
you will return
he/she/it will return
we will return
you will return
they will return
Future Perfect
I will have returned
you will have returned
he/she/it will have returned
we will have returned
you will have returned
they will have returned
Future Continuous
I will be returning
you will be returning
he/she/it will be returning
we will be returning
you will be returning
they will be returning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been returning
you have been returning
he/she/it has been returning
we have been returning
you have been returning
they have been returning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been returning
you will have been returning
he/she/it will have been returning
we will have been returning
you will have been returning
they will have been returning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been returning
you had been returning
he/she/it had been returning
we had been returning
you had been returning
they had been returning
I would return
you would return
he/she/it would return
we would return
you would return
they would return
Past Conditional
I would have returned
you would have returned
he/she/it would have returned
we would have returned
you would have returned
they would have returned
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.return - document giving the tax collector information about the taxpayer's tax liabilityreturn - 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"
legal document, legal instrument, official document, instrument - (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right
amended return - a tax return that corrects the information in an earlier return
declaration of estimated tax, estimated tax return - return required of a taxpayer whose tax withheld from income does not meet the tax liability for the year
false return - an incorrect income tax return
information return - a return that provides information to the tax collector but does not compute the tax liability
joint return - a return filed by a husband and wife
2.return - a coming to or returning home; "on his return from Australia we gave him a welcoming party"
arrival - the act of arriving at a certain place; "they awaited her arrival"
repatriation - the act of returning to the country of origin
3.return - the occurrence of a change in direction back in the opposite direction
turning, turn - a movement in a new direction; "the turning of the wind"
4.return - getting something back again; "upon the restitution of the book to its rightful owner the child was given a tongue lashing"
acquisition - the act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something; "the acquisition of wealth"; "the acquisition of one company by another"
clawback - finding a way to take money back from people that they were given in another way; "the Treasury will find some clawback for the extra benefits members received"
5.return - the act of going back to a prior location; "they set out on their return to the base camp"
movement, move, motion - the act of changing location from one place to another; "police controlled the motion of the crowd"; "the movement of people from the farms to the cities"; "his move put him directly in my path"
reentry - the act of entering again
remand - the act of sending an accused person back into custody to await trial (or the continuation of the trial)
6.return - the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property; "the average return was about 5%"
income - the financial gain (earned or unearned) accruing over a given period of time
economic rent, rent - the return derived from cultivated land in excess of that derived from the poorest land cultivated under similar conditions
payback - financial return or reward (especially returns equal to the initial investment)
7.return - happening again (especially at regular intervals); "the return of spring"
repeat, repetition - an event that repeats; "the events today were a repeat of yesterday's"
atavism, throwback, reversion - a reappearance of an earlier characteristic
flashback - an unexpected but vivid recurrence of a past experience (especially a recurrence of the effects of an hallucinogenic drug taken much earlier)
8.return - a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one); "it brought a sharp rejoinder from the teacher"
back talk, backtalk, sass, sassing, lip, mouth - an impudent or insolent rejoinder; "don't give me any of your sass"
reply, response - the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange; "he growled his reply"
9.return - the key on electric typewriters or computer keyboards that causes a carriage return and a line feedreturn - the key on electric typewriters or computer keyboards that causes a carriage return and a line feed
key - a lever (as in a keyboard) that actuates a mechanism when depressed
10.return - a reciprocal group action; "in return we gave them as good as we got"
group action - action taken by a group of people
requital, payment - an act of requiting; returning in kind
retaliation, revenge - action taken in return for an injury or offense
reciprocation - the act of making or doing something in return
tit for tat - an equivalent given in return
11.return - a tennis stroke that sends the ball back to the other player; "he won the point on a cross-court return"
lawn tennis, tennis - a game played with rackets by two or four players who hit a ball back and forth over a net that divides the court
tennis shot, tennis stroke - the act of hitting a tennis ball with a tennis racket
backhand, backhand shot, backhand stroke - a return made with the back of the hand facing the direction of the stroke
chop shot, chop - a tennis return made with a downward motion that puts backspin on the ball
drive - (sports) a hard straight return (as in tennis or squash)
drop shot, dink - a soft return so that the tennis ball drops abruptly after crossing the net
forehand, forehand shot, forehand stroke - (sports) a return made with the palm of the hand facing the direction of the stroke (as in tennis or badminton or squash)
get - a return on a shot that seemed impossible to reach and would normally have resulted in a point for the opponent
ground stroke - a tennis return made by hitting the ball after it has bounced once
half volley - a tennis return made by hitting the ball immediately after it bounces
lob - an easy return of a tennis ball in a high arc
smash, overhead - a hard return hitting the tennis ball above your head
passing shot - a tennis return that passes an opponent who has approached the net
volley - a tennis return made by hitting the ball before it bounces
12.return - (American football) the act of running back the ball after a kickoff or punt or interception or fumble
American football, American football game - a game played by two teams of 11 players on a rectangular field 100 yards long; teams try to get possession of the ball and advance it across the opponents goal line in a series of (running or passing) plays
running, running game, running play, run - (American football) a play in which a player attempts to carry the ball through or past the opposing team; "the defensive line braced to stop the run"; "the coach put great emphasis on running"
13.return - the act of someone appearing again; "his reappearance as Hamlet has been long awaited"
appearance - the act of appearing in public view; "the rookie made a brief appearance in the first period"; "it was Bernhardt's last appearance in America"
comeback - return by a celebrity to some previously successful activity
Verb1.return - 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"
resurrect, uprise, rise - return from the dead; "Christ is risen!"; "The dead are to uprise"
go, locomote, move, travel - change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect"; "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell"; "news travelled fast"
revisit - visit again; "We revisited Rome after 25 years"
retrace, trace - to go back over again; "we retraced the route we took last summer"; "trace your path"
backtrack, double back, turn back - retrace one's course; "The hikers got into a storm and had to turn back"
cut back, flash back - return in time; "the film cut back to an earlier event in the story"
home - return home accurately from a long distance; "homing pigeons"
go home, head home - return home; "After the movie, we went home"
return - return to a previous position; in mathematics; "The point returned to the interior of the figure"
boomerang - return to the initial position from where it came; like a boomerang
bounce - come back after being refused; "the check bounced"
2.return - give back; "render money"
give - transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody; "I gave her my money"; "can you give me lessons?"; "She gave the children lots of love and tender loving care"
feed back, resubmit - submit (information) again to a program or automatic system
3.return - go back to a previous state; "We reverted to the old rules"
recidivate, relapse, retrogress, regress, lapse, fall back - go back to bad behavior; "Those who recidivate are often minor criminals"
change by reversal, reverse, turn - change to the contrary; "The trend was reversed"; "the tides turned against him"; "public opinion turned when it was revealed that the president had an affair with a White House intern"
resile - return to the original position or state after being stretched or compressed; "The rubber tubes resile"
recuperate, go back, recover - regain a former condition after a financial loss; "We expect the stocks to recover to $2.90"; "The company managed to recuperate"
4.return - go back to something earlier; "This harks back to a previous remark of his"
denote, refer - have as a meaning; "`multi-' denotes `many' "
go back, recur - return in thought or speech to something
5.return - bring back to the point of departure
bring, convey, take - take something or somebody with oneself somewhere; "Bring me the box from the other room"; "Take these letters to the boss"; "This brings me to the main point"
6.return - return in kind; "return a compliment"; "return her love"
redound - return or recoil; "Fame redounds to the heroes"
reciprocate - act, feel, or give mutually or in return; "We always invite the neighbors and they never reciprocate!"
7.return - make a return; "return a kickback"
football, football game - any of various games played with a ball (round or oval) in which two teams try to kick or carry or propel the ball into each other's goal
carry, transport - move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body; "You must carry your camping gear"; "carry the suitcases to the car"; "This train is carrying nuclear waste"; "These pipes carry waste water into the river"
8.return - answer back
answer, reply, respond - react verbally; "She didn't want to answer"; "answer the question"; "We answered that we would accept the invitation"
9.return - be restored; "Her old vigor returned"
reappear, re-emerge - appear again; "The sores reappeared on her body"; "Her husband reappeared after having left her years ago"
10.return - pay back; "Please refund me my money"
pay - give money, usually in exchange for goods or services; "I paid four dollars for this sandwich"; "Pay the waitress, please"
reimburse - pay back for some expense incurred; "Can the company reimburse me for my professional travel?"
restitute, restore - give or bring back; "Restore the stolen painting to its rightful owner"
11.return - pass down; "render a verdict"; "deliver a judgment"
communicate, pass along, put across, pass on, pass - transmit information ; "Please communicate this message to all employees"; "pass along the good news"
12.return - elect again
elect - select by a vote for an office or membership; "We elected him chairman of the board"
13.return - 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"
change hands, change owners - be transferred to another owner; "This restaurant changed hands twice last year"
light, fall - fall to somebody by assignment or lot; "The task fell to me"; "It fell to me to notify the parents of the victims"
accrue, fall - come into the possession of; "The house accrued to the oldest son"
14.return - return to a previous position; in mathematics; "The point returned to the interior of the figure"
return - 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.return - 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"
produce, create, make - create or manufacture a man-made product; "We produce more cars than we can sell"; "The company has been making toys for two centuries"
yield, give - cause to happen or be responsible for; "His two singles gave the team the victory"
establish, give - bring about; "The trompe l'oeil-illusion establishes depth"
16.return - submit (a report, etc.) to someone in authority; "submit a bill to a legislative body"
submit, subject - refer for judgment or consideration; "The lawyers submitted the material to the court"
report out - return a bill after consideration and revision to a legislative body


1. come back, go back, repair, retreat, turn back, revert, reappear More than 350,000 people have returned home.
come back leave, disappear, go away, depart
3. give back, repay, refund, pay back, remit, reimburse, recompense They promised to return the money.
give back leave, keep, hold, remove, retain
4. reciprocate, requite, feel in return, respond to Her feelings are not returned.
6. announce, report, come to, deliver, arrive at, bring in, submit, render They returned a verdict of not guilty.
7. earn, make, net, yield, bring in, repay The business returned a handsome profit.
earn lose
8. elect, choose, pick, vote in He has been returned as leader of the party.
1. reappearance, coming back to, homecoming his sudden return to London reappearance leaving, departure
2. restoration, replacement, reinstatement, re-establishment Their demand was for the return of acres of forest.
restoration removal
3. recurrence, repetition, reappearance, reversion, persistence It was like the return of his youth.
4. profit, interest, benefit, gain, income, advantage, revenue, yield, proceeds, takings, boot (dialect) They have seen no return on their investment.
5. repayment, reward, compensation, reparation, reimbursement, recompense, reciprocation, requital, retaliation, meed (archaic) What do I get in return for taking part in your experiment?
6. statement, report, form, list, account, summary a new analysis of the census returns


1. To come back to a former condition:
2. To go again to a former place:
3. To send, put, or carry back to a former location:
4. To bring back into existence or use:
5. To speak or act in response, as to a question:
6. To give or take mutually:
7. To make as income or profit:
8. To deliver (an indictment or verdict, for example):
9. To put (someone) in the possession of a prior position or office:
1. A repeated occurrence:
2. Something earned, won, or otherwise acquired:
إياب، عَوْدَه، رُجوعتَذْكِرَةُ ذِهَابٍ و إِيَابعَوْدَةعَوْدَهكَسْب
návratvrátitvrátit sevyhlásitvýnos
returbilletreturneretilbagekomsttilbagevendenvende tilbage
povratpovratakpovratna kartavratitivratiti se
endurgjalda, svara í sömu myntendurkoma; heimkomakjósakveîa upp úrskurîmiîi sem gildir fram og tilbaka
...을 되돌려 주다귀환돌아오다수익왕복표
atsakomosios rungtynėsatsakytibilietas ten ir atgalgrąžinamasgrįžimas
atbildētatdotatgriešanāsatgrieztiesatlikt atpakaļ
poklicati nazajpovratna vozovnicavrnitevvrnitivrniti se
återkomståtervändaavkastninglämna tillbakatur- och returbiljett
กลับคืน กลับมาการกลับไปคืนตั๋วไปกลับผลตอบแทน
sự trở lạitrả lạitrở vềvé khứ hồivốn hoàn lại


A. N
1. (= going/coming back) → vuelta f, regreso m
the return homela vuelta or el regreso a casa
the return to schoolla vuelta or el regreso al colegio
he advocates a return to Victorian valuesaboga por una vuelta or un regreso a los valores victorianos
their return to powersu vuelta or retorno al poder
many happy returns (of the day)!¡feliz cumpleaños!, ¡felicidades!
he has not ruled out the possibility of making a return to footballno ha descartado la posibilidad de volver al fútbol
on my returna mi vuelta, a mi regreso
by return (of) post or > by return mail (US) → a vuelta de correo
see also point A5
2. (= reappearance) [of symptoms, pain] → reaparición f; [of doubts, fears] → resurgimiento m
there was no return of the symptomslos síntomas no volvieron a aparecer, los síntomas no reaparecieron
3. (= giving back) [of thing taken away] → devolución f, restitución f (frm); [of thing borrowed] → devolución f (Comm) [of merchandise] → devolución f; [of money] → reembolso m, devolución f
they are demanding the return of their landsexigen la devolución or (frm) la restitución de sus tierras
he appealed for the return of the hostageshizo un llamamiento pidiendo la liberación de los rehenes
see also sale
4. (= thing returned) (Comm) (= merchandise) → devolución f; (= theatre, concert ticket) → devolución f, entrada f devuelta; (= library book) → libro m devuelto
it's sold out but you might get a return on the nightse han agotado las localidades, pero puede que consiga una entrada devuelta or una devolución la misma noche de la función
5. (Fin) (= profit) → ganancia f; (from investments, shares) → rendimiento m
he is looking for quick returnsestá buscando rendimiento rápido or ganancias rápidas
they want to get some return on their investmentquieren obtener cierto rendimiento de su inversión
return on capitalrendimiento del capital
see also diminishing, rate A4
6. (= reward, exchange) in returna cambio
they had nothing to give in returnno tenían nada que dar a cambio
in return for this servicea cambio de este servicio
7. returns (= figures) → estadísticas fpl (for de) (= election results) → resultados mpl (del escrutinio)
early returns show Dos Santos with 52% of the votelos primeros resultados del escrutinio muestran que Dos Santos tiene un 52% de los votos
see also tax C
8. (= answer) (in surveys) → respuesta f, declaración f
9. (Parl) [of member] (= election) → elección f; (= reelection) → reelección f
10. (also return ticket) → billete m de ida y vuelta, billete m redondo (Mex)
see also day 2
11. (Sport) → devolución f
return of serve or servicedevolución f del servicio or saque, resto m
1. (= give back) [+ item] → devolver, regresar (LAm), restituir (frm); [+ favour, sb's visit, telephone call, blow] → devolver; [+ kindness, love] → corresponder a; [+ greeting, look, gaze] → devolver, responder a
they never return my callsnunca me devuelven las llamadas
to return good for evildevolver bien por mal
to return the complimentdevolver el cumplido
to return fire (Mil) → devolver el fuego, responder a los disparos
"return to sender"devuélvase al remitente
2. (= put back) → volver a colocar
we returned the books to the shelfvolvimos a colocar los libros en el estante
3. (Sport) [+ ball] → devolver (Tennis) → devolver, restar (Bridge) [+ suit of cards] → devolver
4. (= declare) [+ income, details] → declarar
to return a verdictemitir or pronunciar un veredicto, emitir un fallo
they returned a verdict of guilty/not guiltylo declararon culpable/inocente
5. (Pol) (= elect) → elegir, votar a; (= reelect) → reelegir
to return sb to powerreelegir a algn
6. (Fin) [+ profit, income] → reportar, rendir
7. (= reply) → responder, contestar
1. (= go/come back) → volver, regresar
he left home, never to returnse marchó de casa, para no volver or regresar jamás
to return homevolver or regresar a casa
to return to [+ place] → volver or regresar a; [+ activity, state] → volver a
I returned to my hotelvolví or regresé a mi hotel
things have returned to normallas cosas han vuelto a la normalidad
to return to a taskvolver a una tarea
to return to a themevolver sobre un tema
to return to what we were talking about,volviendo al asunto del que estábamos hablando, ...
2. (= reappear) [symptoms] → volver a aparecer, reaparecer; [doubts, fears, suspicions] → volver a surgir, resurgir
his good spirits returnedrenació su alegría
3. (Jur) → revertir (to a) on my father's death the farm returned to my brotheral morir mi padre, la granja revirtió a mi hermano
D. CPD [journey, flight] → de regreso, de vuelta
return address Nseñas fpl del remitente
return fare Nbillete m de ida y vuelta, billete m redondo (Mex)
return game N = return match return key N (Comput) → tecla f de retorno
return match N (Brit) (Sport) → partido m de vuelta
return ticket N (Brit) → billete m de ida y vuelta or (Mex) redondo


(= going or coming back) → retour m
after our return → après notre retour
on her return → à son retour
to reach the point of no return → atteindre le point de non-retour
(= giving back) [something borrowed] → restitution f; [stolen or lost property] → restitution f
(= sending back) → retour m
by return of post → par retour du courrier
[feelings, state] → retour m
a return to normality → un retour à la normale
(to work)retour m
a return to work → un retour au travail
(= profit) → rapport m
return on investment → retour m sur investissement
(= recompense) → récompense f
in return → en retour
... and I help her in return → ... et je l'aide en retour
in return for → en échange de
(British) (also return ticket) → aller retour m, aller et retour m
A return to Avignon, please → Un aller retour pour Avignon, s'il vous plaît.
(COMPUTING) (also return key) → retour m
(TENNIS)retour m
[date] → de retour
(British) [airfare] → aller et retour
[fixture, game] → retour
[person, vehicle] (= come back) → revenir (= go back) → retourner
I've just returned from holiday → Je viens de revenir de vacances.
He returned to France the following year → Il est retourné en France l'année suivante.
I returned to my hotel → Je suis revenu à l'hôtel.
Three days after returning to this country he was arrested
BUT Trois jours après son retour dans ce pays, il fut arrêté.
to return home → retourner chez soi
(= recur) [pain, feeling, symptoms] → revenir; [+ problem, situation] → se représenter
Calm is returning to the country → Le calme revient dans le pays.
(= start again) to return to sth → revenir à qch
to return to work → retourner au travail
to return to politics → revenir en politique
(= go back to previous state) → revenir
to return to power → revenir au pouvoir
to return to normal → revenir à la normale
to return to consciousness → revenir à soi
(= give back) → rendre
She borrows my things and doesn't return them → Elle emprunte mes affaires et ne me les rend pas.
(= bring back) → rapporter
(= send back) → retourner
(= put back) → remettre
(= reciprocate) [+ feelings] → répondre à; [+ compliment] → retourner; [+ smile] → rendre
to return the favour → rendre la pareille
to return sb's call → rappeler qn
(POLITICS) [+ candidate] → réélire
(TENNIS) [+ service, shot] → retourner; [+ ball] → renvoyer
(LAW) [+ verdict] → rendre
to return a profit → dégager un profit
returns npl
(= receipts) → recettes fpl
(= profits) → bénéfices mpl
returns on investment → retours mpl sur investissement
(= returned goods) → marchandises fpl renvoyées
many happy returns!, many happy returns of the day! → bon anniversaire!


vi (come back: person, vehicle) → zurück- or wiederkommen, zurück- or wiederkehren (geh); (go back, person) → zurückgehen; (vehicle)zurückfahren; (symptoms, doubts, fears)wiederkommen, wieder auftreten; (property: = pass back to) → zurückfallen (→ to an +acc); to return to London/the town/the groupnach London/in die Stadt/zur Gruppe zurückkehren; to return to schoolwieder in die Schule gehen; to return to (one’s) work (after short pause) → wieder an seine Arbeit gehen; (after strike) → die Arbeit wieder aufnehmen; to return to a subjectauf ein Thema zurückkommen; to return to one’s old waysin seine alten Gewohnheiten zurückfallen; to return homenach Hause kommen/gehen, heimkehren (geh); his good spirits returnedseine gute Laune kehrte wieder; to return to healthwieder gesund werden; to return to dustwieder zu Staub werden
(= give back) sth borrowed, stolen, lostzurückgeben (to sb jdm); (= bring or take back)zurückbringen (to sb jdm); (= put back)zurücksetzen/-stellen/-legen; (= send back) (→ an +acc) letter etczurückschicken or -senden; (= refuse) chequenicht einlösen; ballzurückschlagen/-werfen; sound, lightzurückwerfen; salute, visit, sb’s love, complimenterwidern; to return somebody’s (phone) calljdn zurückrufen; to return a/somebody’s blowzurückschlagen; to return a book to the shelf/boxein Buch auf das Regal zurückstellen/in die Kiste zurücklegen; to return goods to the shopWaren in das Geschäft zurückbringen; to return thanks (form)danksagen, Dank sagen; to return thanks to somebodyjdm danksagen or Dank sagen; I hope to return your kindnessich hoffe, dass ich mich einmal bei Ihnen revanchieren kann; to return good for evilBöses mit Gutem vergelten; to return fire (Mil) → das Feuer erwidern; to return hearts (Cards) → Herz nachspielen
(= reply)erwidern, zurückgeben
(= declare) details of incomeangeben; to return a verdict of guilty (on somebody) (Jur) → (jdn) schuldig sprechen, einen Schuldspruch (gegen jdn) fällen; to return a verdict of murder on somebody (Jur) → jdn des Mordes für schuldig erklären
(Fin) incomeeinbringen; profit, interestabwerfen
(Brit Parl) candidatewählen
(= coming/going back, of person, vehicle, seasons) → Rückkehr f, → Wiederkehr f (geh); (of illness)Wiederauftreten nt; on my returnbei meiner Rückkehr; return homeHeimkehr f; return to schoolSchulbeginn m; by return (of post) (Brit) → postwendend; return to work (after strike) → Wiederaufnahme fder Arbeit; return to healthGenesung f; a return to one’s old habitsein Rückfall min seine alten Gewohnheiten; many happy returns (of the day)!herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag! ? point
(= giving back)Rückgabe f; (= bringing or taking back)Zurückbringen nt; (= putting back)Zurücksetzen/-stellen/-legen nt; (= sending back)Zurückschicken ntor -senden nt; (= refusal: of cheque) → Nichteinlösen nt; (of ball)Zurückschlagen nt/-werfen nt; (of salute, compliment, sb’s love)Erwiderung f
(Brit: also return ticket) → Rückfahrkarte f; (Aviat) → Rückflugticket nt
(= profit: from investments, shares) (→ aus) → Einkommen nt; (on capital) → Ertrag m, → Gewinn m; (= product: from land, mine etc) → Ertrag m; returns (= profits)Gewinn m; (= receipts)Einkünfte pl; return on capital (Fin) → Kapitalertrag m, → Rendite f
(fig: = recompense) in returndafür; in return forfür; to do somebody a favour (Brit) or favor (US) in returnsich bei jdm für einen Gefallen revanchieren
(= act of declaring, of verdict, election results) → Verkündung f; (= report)Bericht m; the return of the jury˜ das Urteil der Schöffen; the (election) returnsdas Wahlergebnis
(Brit Parl, of candidate) → Wahl f (→ to in +acc)
(Sport: = game, match) → Rückspiel nt; (= stroke)Rückschlag m; (Tennis) → Return m; (= throw)Rückwurf m; (= return pass)Rückpass m; to make a good returnden Ball gut zurückschlagen/-werfen
(Comm: = returned item) → zurückgebrachte Ware; (Theat) → zurückgebrachte Karte; (= book)Remittende f
(= carriage return, Comput) → Zeilenendschaltung f; (on typewriter) → Rücklauftaste f
(Comput: = symbol) → Absatzmarke f


return fare
n (Brit) → Preis mfür eine Rückfahrkarte or (Aviat) → ein Rückflugticket nt
return fight
n (Boxing) → Rückkampf m
return flight
n (Brit) → Rückflug m; (both ways) → Hin- und Rückflug m
return game
n (Sport) → Rückspiel nt
return half
n (Brit: of ticket) → Abschnitt mfür die Rückreise


return journey
n (Brit) → Rückreise f; (both ways) → Hin- und Rückreise f
return key
n (Comput) → Eingabetaste f
return leg, return match
n (Brit) → Rückspiel nt
return match
n (Brit) → Rückspiel nt
return pass
n (Sport) → Rückpass m
return ticket
n (Brit) → Rückfahrkarte f; (Aviat) → Rückflugticket nt
return visit
n (to person) → Gegenbesuch m; (to place) → zweiter Besuch; to make a return (to a place)(an einen Ort) zurückkehren


1. n
a. (going, coming back) → ritorno; (sending back) → rinvio; (reappearance, of illness) → ricomparsa
on my return → al mio ritorno
by return of post → a stretto giro di posta
many happy returns (of the day)! → cento di questi giorni!
b. (of thing borrowed, lost, stolen) → restituzione f; (of money) → rimborso (Comm, YYY) (of merchandise) → reso
c. (Fin, YYY) (profit) → profitto, guadagno
to bring in a good return or good returns → fruttare or dare un buon guadagno
d. (exchange) in return (for)in cambio (di)
e. (declaration) tax returndichiarazione f dei redditi
census/election returns → risultati mpl del censimento/delle elezioni
f. (Brit) (return ticket) → (biglietto di) andata e ritorno
g. (Sport) → risposta
return of serve (Tennis) → risposta al servizio
2. vt
a. (give back) → restituire, rendere; (bring back) → riportare; (put back) → rimettere; (send back) → rinviare, mandare indietro; (by post) → rispedire (Mil) (gunfire) → rispondere a; (favour, love, sb's visit) → ricambiare
"return to sender" → "rispedire al mittente"
b. (Law) to return a verdict of guilty/not guiltypronunciare un verdetto di colpevolezza/di innocenza
c. (Pol, YYY) (elect) → eleggere
3. vi (go, come back) → (ri)tornare; (illness, symptoms) → ricomparire
to return home → (ri)tornare a casa
to return to (room, office) → (ri)tornare in (school, work) → (ri)tornare a (subject, argument) → (ri)tornare su
4. adj (Brit) (ticket, fare) → di andata e ritorno; (journey, flight) → di ritorno


(rəˈtəːn) verb
1. to come or go back. He returns home tomorrow; He returned to London from Paris yesterday; The pain has returned.
2. to give, send, put etc (something) back where it came from. He returned the book to its shelf; Don't forget to return the books you borrowed.
3. I'll return to this topic in a minute.
4. to do (something) which has been done to oneself. She hit him and he returned the blow; He said how nice it was to see her again, and she returned the compliment.
5. (of voters) to elect (someone) to Parliament.
6. (of a jury) to give (a verdict). The jury returned a verdict of not guilty.
7. (in tennis etc) to hit (a ball) back to one's opponent. She returned his serve.
1. the act of returning. On our return, we found the house had been burgled; (also adjective) a return journey.
2. especially in United Kingdom, a round-trip ticket, a return ticket. Do you want a single or a return?
reˈturnable adjective
that can be or that must be returned.
return match
a second match played between the same (teams of) players. We played the first match on our football pitch – the return match will be on theirs.
return ticket
a round-trip ticket, allowing a person to travel to a place and back again to where he started.
by return (of post)
by the very next post. Please send me your reply by return (of post).
in return (for)
as an exchange (for something). We'll send them whisky and they'll send us vodka in return: They'll send us vodka in return for whisky.
many happy returns (of the day)
an expression of good wishes said to a person on his birthday. He visited his mother on her birthday to wish her many happy returns.

to return (not return back) someone's book.


تَذْكِرَةُ ذِهَابٍ و إِيَاب, عَوْدَة, كَسْب, يَرْجِعُ, يُعْيدُ návrat, vrátit, vrátit se, výnos, zpáteční lístek afkast, returbillet, returnere, tilbagevenden, vende tilbage Ertrag, Rückfahrkarte, Rückkehr, zurückgeben, zurückkehren απόδοση, εισιτήριο μετ’ επιστροφής, επιστρέφω, επιστροφή billete de ida y vuelta, boleto de vuelta, devolver, regresar, regreso, rendimiento, retorno meno-paluulippu, palata, palauttaa, paluu, tuotto aller-retour, rendement, rendre, retour, revenir povrat, povratak, povratna karta, vratiti, vratiti se biglietto di andata e ritorno, guadagno, restituire, ritornare, ritorno 収益, 帰ること, 往復切符, 戻す, 戻る ...을 되돌려 주다, 귀환, 돌아오다, 수익, 왕복표 opbrengst, retour, retourneren, terugkeer, terugkeren avkastning, returbillett, returnere, tilbakekomst bilet powrotny, powrócić, powrót, wrócić bilhete de ida e volta, devolver, retorno, voltar возвращать, возвращаться, возвращение, обратный билет, прибыль återkomst, återvända, avkastning, lämna tillbaka, tur- och returbiljett กลับคืน กลับมา, การกลับไป, คืน, ตั๋วไปกลับ, ผลตอบแทน geri döndürmek, geri dönmek, geri dönüş, getiri, gidiş-dönüş bilet sự trở lại, trả lại, trở về, vé khứ hồi, vốn hoàn lại 利润, 回返, 往返票, 返回


n. regreso, retorno;
v. regresar.
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It's proper to use good words, and improve your vocabilary," returned Amy, with dignity.
I don't care if Hugo does come at me with a pistol," returned Amy, who was not gifted with dramatic power, but was chosen because she was small enough to be borne out shrieking by the villain of the piece.
With a kind of wriggle, like a fish returned to the brook by the fisherman, Biddlebaum the silent began to talk, striving to put into words the ideas that had been accumulated by his mind during long years of silence.
I believe you--that is if you got on its trail," returned Ned, and there was warm admiration in his voice.
After e-filing, an acknowledgement (ACK) file will be returned to you within 48 hours, which will let you know whether the return was accepted or rejected due to errors, the FTB says.