Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “return”

return

verb  /rɪˈtɜrn/ us  

return verb (GO BACK)

[I] to come or go back to a previous place, subject, activity, or condition: He returned to New York last week. He worked at other jobs but kept returning to mining. She was returning home from a business trip when the plane crashed.

return verb (PUT BACK)

[T] to put, send, or give something back to where it came from: Emily returned the blouse because it didn’t fit.

return verb (EXCHANGE)

[T] to give, do, or get something in exchange: She just doesn’t return phone calls.

return verb (DECIDE)

[T] fml to decide on something such as a judgment or decision: The jury returned a verdict of not guilty.

return

adjective [not gradable]  /rɪˈtɜrn/ us  

return adjective [not gradable] (GOING BACK)

helping something to go or be sent back to where it came from: return postage A return address is the address from which a letter is being sent.
(Definition of return from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of return?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “return” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

see the light of day

When something sees the light of day, it appears for the first time.

Word of the Day

Highly delighted, bitterly disappointed, ridiculously cheap: adverbs for emphasis.

by Liz Walter,
October 22, 2014
We often make adjectives stronger by putting an adverb in front of them. The most common ones are very and, for a stronger meaning, extremely: He was very pleased. The ship is extremely large. However, we don’t use very or extremely for adjectives that already have a strong meaning, for example fantastic,

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More