(noun, verb)


1. 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

Definition categories: communication, instrument

2. a coming to or returning home

- on his return from Australia we gave him a welcoming party

Similar word(s): homecoming

Definition categories: act, arrival

3. the occurrence of a change in direction back in the opposite direction

Definition categories: event, turn, turning

4. getting something back again

Similar word(s): regaining, restitution, restoration

Definition categories: act, acquisition

5. the act of going back to a prior location

- they set out on their return to the base camp

Definition categories: act, motion, move, movement

6. the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property

- the average return was about 5%

Similar word(s): issue, payoff, proceeds, take, takings, yield

Definition categories: possession, income

7. happening again (especially at regular intervals)

- the return of spring

Similar word(s): recurrence

Definition categories: event, repeat, repetition

8. a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)

Similar word(s): comeback, counter, rejoinder, replication, retort, riposte

Definition categories: communication, reply, response

9. the key on electric typewriters or computer keyboards that causes a carriage return and a line feed

Definition categories: man–made, key

10. a reciprocal group action

- in return we gave them as good as we got

Definition categories: act

11. a tennis stroke that sends the ball back to the other player

- he won the point on a cross-court return

Definition categories: act

12. (American football) the act of running back the ball after a kickoff or punt or interception or fumble

Definition categories: act, run, running

13. the act of someone appearing again

Similar word(s): reappearance

Definition categories: act, appearance

Sentences with return as a noun:

- I expect the house to be spotless upon my return.

- Do you want a one-way or a return?

- Last year there were 250 returns of this product, an improvement on the 500 returns the year before.

- a return to one's question

- election returns; a return of the amount of goods produced or sold

- It yielded a return of 5%.

- Hand in your return by the end of the tax year.

- A facade of sixty feet east and west has a return of twenty feet north and south.


1. 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

Definition categories: motion, go, locomote, move, travel

2. give back

Similar word(s): render

Definition categories: possession, give

3. go back to a previous state

Similar word(s): regress, retrovert, revert

Definition categories: change, reverse, turn

4. go back to something earlier

Similar word(s): recall

Definition categories: communication, denote, refer

5. bring back to the point of departure

Definition categories: motion, bring, convey, take

6. return in kind

- return a compliment

- return her love

Definition categories: possession, reciprocate

7. make a return

- return a kickback

Definition categories: contact, carry, transport

8. answer back

Similar word(s): rejoin, repay, retort, riposte

Definition categories: communication, answer, reply, respond

9. be restored

- Her old vigor returned

Definition categories: change, reappear

10. pay back

Similar word(s): refund, repay

Definition categories: possession, pay

11. pass down

Similar word(s): deliver, render

Definition categories: communication, communicate, pass

12. elect again

Similar word(s): reelect

Definition categories: social, elect

13. be inherited by

- The land returned to the family

Similar word(s): devolve, fall, pass

Definition categories: possession

14. return to a previous position; in mathematics

- The point returned to the interior of the figure

Definition categories: motion, return

15. give or supply

Similar word(s): generate, give, render, yield

Definition categories: creation, create, make, produce

16. submit (a report, etc.) to someone in authority

Definition categories: communication, submit

Sentences with return as a verb:

- Although the birds fly north for the summer, they return here in winter.

- To return to my story […]

- Please return your hands to your lap.

- You should return the library book within one month.

- If the goods don't work, you can return them.

- The player couldn't return the serve because it was so fast.

- If one players plays a trump, the others must return a trump.

- to return an answer;  to return thanks

- This function returns the number of files in the directory.

- to return the lie

- to return the result of an election