v. i.1.To turn back; to go or come again to the same place or condition.
[imp. & p. p. Returned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Returning.]
On their embattled ranks the waves return.
- Milton.
Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
- Gen. iii. 19.
2.To come back, or begin again, after an interval, regular or irregular; to appear again.
3.To speak in answer; to reply; to respond.
4.To revert; to pass back into possession.
And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David.
- 1Kings xii. 26.
5.To go back in thought, narration, or argument.
v. t.1.To bring, carry, send, or turn, back; as, to return a borrowed book, or a hired horse.
2.To repay; as, to return borrowed money.
3.To give in requital or recompense; to requite.
The Lord shall return thy wickedness upon thine own head.
- 1 Kings ii. 44.
4.To give back in reply; as, to return an answer; to return thanks.
5.To retort; to throw back; as, to return the lie.
6.To report, or bring back and make known.
7.To render, as an account, usually an official account, to a superior; to report officially by a list or statement; as, to return a list of stores, of killed or wounded; to return the result of an election.
8.Hence, to elect according to the official report of the election officers.
9.To bring or send back to a tribunal, or to an office, with a certificate of what has been done; as, to return a writ.
10.To convey into official custody, or to a general depository.
11.(Tennis) To bat (the ball) back over the net.
12.(Card Playing) To lead in response to the lead of one's partner; as, to return a trump; to return a diamond for a club.
To return a lead
(Card Playing) to lead the same suit led by one's partner.
n.1.The act of returning (intransitive), or coming back to the same place or condition; as, the return of one long absent; the return of health; the return of the seasons, or of an anniversary.
At the return of the year the king of Syria will come up against thee.
- 1 Kings xx. 22.
2.The act of returning (transitive), or sending back to the same place or condition; restitution; repayment; requital; retribution; as, the return of anything borrowed, as a book or money; a good return in tennis.
3.That which is returned.
4.An answer; as, a return to one's question.
4.(Arch.) The continuation in a different direction, most often at a right angle, of a building, face of a building, or any member, as a molding or mold; - applied to the shorter in contradistinction to the longer; thus, a facade of sixty feet east and west has a return of twenty feet north and south.
5.(Law) The rendering back or delivery of writ, precept, or execution, to the proper officer or court.
6.(Mil. & Naval) An official account, report, or statement, rendered to the commander or other superior officer; as, the return of men fit for duty; the return of the number of the sick; the return of provisions, etc.
7.(Fort. & Mining) The turnings and windings of a trench or mine.
Return ball
a ball held by an elastic string so that it returns to the hand from which it is thrown, - used as a plaything.
Return bend
a pipe fitting for connecting the contiguous ends of two nearly parallel pipes lying alongside or one above another.
Return day
(Law) the day when the defendant is to appear in court, and the sheriff is to return the writ and his proceedings.
Return flue
in a steam boiler, a flue which conducts flame or gases of combustion in a direction contrary to their previous movement in another flue.
Return pipe
(Steam Heating) a pipe by which water of condensation from a heater or radiator is conveyed back toward the boiler.
Noun1.Returnreturn - 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"
2.return - a coming to or returning home; "on his return from Australia we gave him a welcoming party"
Synonyms: homecoming
3.return - the occurrence of a change in direction back in the opposite direction
Synonyms: coming back
4.return - getting something back again; "upon the restitution of the book to its rightful owner the child was given a tongue lashing"
5.return - the act of returning to a prior location; "they set out on their return to the base camp"
6.return - the income arising from land or other property; "the average return was about 5%"
7.return - happening again (especially at regular intervals); "the return of spring"
Synonyms: recurrence
8.return - a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one); "it brought a sharp rejoinder from the teacher"
9.Returnreturn - the key on electric typewriters or computer keyboards that causes a carriage return and a line feed
Synonyms: return key
10.return - a reciprocal group action; "in return we gave them as good as we got"
11.return - a tennis stroke that returns the ball to the other player; "he won the point on a cross-court return"
12.return - (American football) the act of running back the ball after a kickoff or punt or interception or fumble
13.return - the act of someone appearing again; "his reappearance as Hamlet has been long awaited"
Synonyms: reappearance
Verb1.return - come back to place where one has been before, or return to a previous activity
2.return - give back; "render money"
Synonyms: render
3.return - go back to a previous state; "We reverted to the old rules"
4.return - go back to something earlier; "This harks back to a previous remark of his"
5.return - bring back to the point of departure
6.return - return in kind; "return a compliment"; "return her love"
7.return - make a return; "return a kickback"
8.return - answer back
9.return - be restored; "Her old vigor returned"
Synonyms: come back
10.return - pay back; "Please refund me my money"
Synonyms: give back, refund, repay
11.return - pass down; "render a verdict"; "deliver a judgment"
Synonyms: render, deliver
12.return - elect again
Synonyms: reelect
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"
Synonyms: devolve, fall, pass
14.return - return to a previous position; in mathematics; "The point returned to the interior of the figure"
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"
Synonyms: generate, yield, render, give
16.return - submit (a report, etc.) to someone in authority; "submit a bill to a legislative body"

RETURN, contracts, remedies. Persons who are beyond the sea are exempted from the operation of the statute of limitations of Pennsylvania, and of other states, till after a certain time has elapsed after their returning. As to what shall be considered a return, see 14 Mass. 203; 1 Gall. 342; 3 Johns. 263; 3 Wils. 145; 2 Bl. Rep. 723; 3 Littell's Rep. 48; 1 Harr. & Johns. 89, 350; 17 Mass. 180.

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