- (UK) IPA (key): /rɪˈtɜːn/, SAMPA: /rI"t3:n/
- (US) IPA (key): /rɪˈtɝn/, SAMPA: /rI"t3`n/
Audio (US) (file)
- (transitive) When you return something, you give/put it back.
- He returned the lawnmower back to John.
- (intransitive) When you return to something or somewhere, you go/come back to it.
- He returned to China after his trip to Germany.
- The main theme of the symphony's first movement returns in the last movement.
- I've just returned from class, but I'll be leaving again soon.
- (intransitive) If a feeling, problem, thought, etc. returns, it comes back.
- I thought I was better, but the pain in my back has returned.
- (intransitive) If you return to an activity, you start it again.
- (transitive) If you return an act, you do the same act to the person who did it first.
- She turned her eyes towards him and he returned her her look.
- (transitive) If you return a ball in sports, you hit it back to the other player.
- He was unable to return serves all through the match.
- (transitive) If you return a profit or loss in business, you make it.
- (transitive) If you return something to a particular state, you make it that way again.
- We need to return the earth to a more healthy state.
- (countable) Somebody's return is when they come back.
- They've planned a celebration for my return home.
- (countable) Something's return is when it is given back.
- (countable) A return is something that was bought but has to be taken back to the store, usually because it is broken.
- This store does not allow returns unless the customer has a receipt.
- (countable) The return of something to a particular state is the change back to that state.
- (countable) Someone's return to an activity is their restarting of the activity.
- (countable) The return on money is the amount or percent of profit earned on it.
- (uncountable) If you do something in return for something else, you do it to thank or pay back somebody; you make things balanced again.
- (countable) The return of a feeling, problem, thought, etc. is when it comes back.
- Return is a key on a computer keyboard that puts the cursor back at the beginning of a line.
- (uncountable) A return is a form that you send to the government telling it about your income, your household, etc.
- (usually plural) The returns in an election are the number of votes.
- (uncountable) A return is a ticket that takes you where you want to go and back home again.