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return

noun
 
 
/rɪˈtɜːn/
[C or U] ACCOUNTING, FINANCE the amount of profit made by an investment or a business activity: The program guarantees lenders a return of 10% interest. A fixed-rate investment will give you below-average returns.return on sth We need to monitor our return on advertising. make/see a return (on sth) They need to charge prices of over $20 a barrel in order to make a return. If the market improves, we can make a return of $10,000 on our investment. a positive/negative returna good/high return I want an investment which offers a good return. a low/modest return produce/offer/yield a return
[C or U] COMMERCE a product that is returned to a company because the buyer is not satisfied with it, or the act of returning products to a company: An error in the manufacturing process led to hundreds of returns from dissatisfied customers. Check that there is a return policy in case there is a problem with the goods that you buy.
[C] ( also tax return) TAX an official document with details of your income that you send to the government tax department each year so that income tax can be calculated: It is possible to file your return online. When you have submitted your return, the Revenue promises you instant acknowledgement of its receipt. complete/do your return
[C or U] a situation in which someone or something goes back to an earlier position or activity: a return to profit/growth/stability The last year has seen a return to normal in the banking sector.
[U] ( also return key) IT the key on a computer keyboard that you press to give an instruction, or to start a new line in a document: Type in your name and then press return. →  See also enter
( UK also return ticket) TRANSPORT a ticket for a journey to a place and back again: return to somewhere I need a return to Kings Cross Station. →  Compare single noun
by return (of post) COMMUNICATIONS using the next available mail collection to reply: We received an invoice by return of post. An answer by return would be appreciated.
→  See also accounting rate of return , annual return , gross return , internal rate of return , law of diminishing returns , net return , product return , rate of return , sale or return
(Definition of return noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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