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verb uk   /rɪˈtɜːn/ us    /-ˈtɝːn/

return verb (GO BACK)

A2 [I] to come or go back to a previous place: Odysseus returned home/returned to his home after many years of travelling. She left South Africa at the age of 15 and has never returned. [+ to infinitive] David returned (from work) to find his house had burned down.Returning to a place return to sth C1 If people or things return to a previous condition, they go back to that condition: Within a week, the situation had returned to normal.ChangingAdapting and modifying Adapting and attuning to somethingChanging frequently B2 If you return to an activity or subject, you start doing it or talking about it again: Gandhi urged Indians to return to spinning their own yarn. Every five minutes, he returned to the same subject.Repeating an action

return verb (EXCHANGE)

C1 [T] to give, do, or get something in exchange for something: to return an invitation/greeting I returned his stare. I gave her a ride when her car broke down and now she is returning the favour (= doing something to help me in exchange). The terrorists started shooting and the police returned fire (= started shooting back).Reciprocating to give a particular amount of profit in exchange for an investment: My investments return a high rate of interest.Savings, interest and capitalProfits and losses

return verb (PUT BACK)

A2 [T] to send, take, give, put, etc. something back to where it came from: The new TV broke so they returned it to the shop. He returned two books he had borrowed from me in 2003. She carefully returned the book to its place on the shelf.Giving, bringing or getting back [T] in sports such as tennis, to hit the ball back to your opponentTennis and racket sports

return verb (HAPPEN AGAIN)

B2 [I] to happen again: You must go to the doctor if the pain returns.Occurring and happening

return verb (DECIDE)

return a verdict/sentence specialized to decide and say if you think someone is guilty or not guilty, or what punishment the person will be given in a court of law: The jury returned a verdict of not guilty.Decisions and decidingJudges and juries [T] UK to elect someone to be a member of parliament, or to another political jobElections
adjective uk   /rɪˈtɜː.nə.bl̩/ us    /-ˈtɝː-/
a returnable bottleGiving, bringing or getting back


noun uk   /rɪˈtɜːn/ us    /-ˈtɝːn/

return noun (GOING BACK)

B1 [S] an occasion when someone goes or comes back to a place where they were before: The whole town came out to celebrate his return (from the war). On her return, she went straight to the office.Returning to a place [S] an occasion when you start to do or have something again: Some environmentalists argue for a return to a pre-industrial society. Most people have welcomed her return to power/office.Repeating an action B1 [C] UK (also return ticket, US round-trip ticket) a ticket for travel to a place and back again: May I have a return to Birmingham, please?Tickets

return noun (EXCHANGE)

in return B2 in exchange: America helped the rebels in return for their promise to support democracy.Reciprocating [C or U] the act of giving, doing, or receiving something in exchange for something: Several soldiers were wounded in the return of fire.Replacing and exchanging [C or U] the profit that you get from an investment: The return on the money we invested was very low.Profits and losses

return noun (HAPPENING AGAIN)

[S] an occasion when something starts to happen or be used again: Will we ever see the return of/a return to comfortable fashion clothes?Events and occurrencesAccidents and disasters

return noun (COMPUTER KEY)

B1 [U] the key on a computer keyboard that you press in order to say that the words or numbers on the screen are correct, or that an instruction should be performed, or in order to move down a line on the screen: Press return/the return key twice to leave a blank line.Computer hardware

return noun (GIVING BACK)

C1 [S] the act of giving, putting, or sending something back: the return of the stolen goodsGiving, bringing or getting back [C] the act of hitting the ball back to your opponent in sports such as tennisReciprocating returns [plural] goods that have been taken back to the shop where they were bought by customers because they are damaged or unsuitableGiving, bringing or getting back US the votes that are returned, or the results of the voting, in an election: The election returns produced a confusing picture of gains and losses.Elections by return (of post) UK in the first post collection that leaves after you receive a letter: She answered my letter by return.The postal system


adjective [before noun] uk   /rɪˈtɜːn/ us    /-ˈtɝːn/
describes the part of a journey in which you go back to the place where you started: The return journey took longer because the train was rerouted.Returning to a place
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