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English definition of “return”

return

verb (PUT BACK)    /rɪˈtɜːn/ US  /-ˈtɝːn/
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 returnable     /rɪˈtɜː.nə.bl̩/ US  /-ˈtɝː-/ adjective a returnable bottleGiving, bringing or getting back
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