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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.
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