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English definition of “return”

return

noun (GIVING BACK)    /rɪˈtɜːn/ US  /-ˈtɝːn/
C1 [S] the act of giving, putting, or sending something back: the return of the stolen goods Giving, bringing or getting back [C] the act of hitting the ball back to your opponent in sports such as tennis Reciprocating returns [plural] goods that have been taken back to the shop where they were bought by customers because they are damaged or unsuitable Giving, 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
(Definition of return noun (GIVING BACK) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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