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"return" in British English

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returnverb

uk   /rɪˈtɜːn/  us   /-ˈtɝːn/

return verb (GO BACK)

A2 [I] to come or go back to a ​previousplace: Odysseus returned ​home/returned to his ​home after many ​years of ​travelling. She ​leftSouthAfrica at the ​age of 15 and has never returned. [+ to infinitive] David returned (fromwork) tofind his ​house had ​burned down.return to sth/to doing sth C1 If ​people or things return to a ​previouscondition, they go back to that ​condition: Within a ​week, the ​situation had returned to ​normal. B2 If you return to an ​activity or ​subject, you ​start doing it or ​talking about it again: Gandhi ​urged Indians to return to spinningtheir own ​yarn. Every five ​minutes, he returned to the same ​subject.
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return verb (EXCHANGE)

C1 [T] to give, do, or get something after something ​similar has been given or done to you: to return an ​invitation/​greeting I returned his ​stare. I gave her a ​ride when her ​carbroke down and now she is returning the ​favour (= doing something to ​help me in ​exchange). The ​terroristsstartedshooting and the ​police returned fire (= ​startedshooting back). to give a ​particularamount of ​profit: My ​investments return a high ​rate of ​interest.
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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 toitsplace on the ​shelf. [T] in ​sports such as ​tennis, to ​hit the ​ball back to ​youropponent
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return verb (HAPPEN AGAIN)

B2 [I] to ​happen again: You must go to the ​doctor if the ​pain returns.
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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. [T] UK to ​elect someone to be a ​member of ​parliament, or to another ​politicaljob: It was ​expected that he would be returned as ​premier.
returnable
adjective uk   /rɪˈtɜː.nə.bl̩/  us   /-ˈtɝː-/
a returnable ​bottle

returnnoun

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 ​wholetown came out to ​celebrate his return (from the ​war). On her return, she went ​straight to the ​office. [S] an ​occasion when you ​start to do or have something again: Some ​environmentalistsargue for a return to a pre-industrial ​society. Most ​people have ​welcomed her return to ​power/​office.B1 [C] UK (also return ticket, US round-trip ticket) a ​ticket for ​travel to a ​place and back again: A return to Birmingham, ​please.
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return noun (EXCHANGE)

in return
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B2 in ​exchange: Some ​tenants get ​rentreductions in return forhelpmanaging the ​building. I'll come with you, but you have to do something for me in return.
[C or U] the ​act of giving, doing, or ​receiving something in ​exchange for something: Several ​soldiers were ​wounded in the return offire. [C or U] the ​profit that you get from an investment: The return on the ​money we ​invested was very ​low.

return noun (HAPPENING AGAIN)

[S] an ​occasion when something ​starts to ​happen or be used again: Will we ​eversee the return of/a return tocomfortablefashionclothes?
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return noun (COMPUTER KEY)

B1 [U] the ​key on a ​computerkeyboard 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 ​keytwice to ​leave a ​blankline.

return noun (GIVING BACK)

C1 [S] the ​act of giving, putting, or ​sending something back: the return of the ​stolengoods [C] the ​act of ​hitting the ​ball back to ​youropponent in ​sports such as ​tennis: Chang's return of ​serve was ​powerful.returns [plural] goods that have been taken back to the ​shop where they were ​bought by ​customers because they are ​damaged or ​unsuitable US the ​votes that are returned, or the ​results of the ​voting, in an ​election: The election returns ​produced a ​confusingpicture of ​gains and ​losses.by return (of post) UK in the first ​postcollection that ​leaves after you ​receive a ​letter: She ​answered my ​letter by return.
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returnadjective [before noun]

uk   /rɪˈtɜːn/  us   /-ˈtɝːn/
The return ​part of a ​journey is the ​part in which you go back to the ​place where you ​started: The return journey took ​longer because the ​train was ​rerouted.
(Definition of return from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"return" in American English

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returnverb

 us   /rɪˈtɜrn/

return verb (GO BACK)

[I] to come or go back to a ​previousplace, ​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 ​businesstrip when the ​planecrashed.

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 ​phonecalls.

return verb (DECIDE)

[T] fml to ​decide on something such as a ​judgment or ​decision: The ​jury returned a ​verdict of not ​guilty.

returnadjective [not gradable]

 us   /rɪˈtɜrn/

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.
(Definition of return from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"return" in Business English

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returnverb

uk   us   /rɪˈtɜːn/
[T] ACCOUNTING, FINANCE if a ​business or an ​investment returns an ​amount of ​money, it ​produces a ​profit: Last ​year all 60 ​branches of the ​business returned a ​profit. The ​account is low-risk but returns just 0.5% interest.
[T] COMMERCE to take or ​send a ​product back to the ​company that ​sold it to you. You usually do this if you want them to ​replace the ​product or to give you back your ​money: Customers who return ​goods must ​present a ​receipt to get ​cash or ​credit.
[T] to give back ​money that will not be used or that should not have been ​paid: If the ​sale does not go through, the ​agent is ​obliged by ​law to return the deposit. The ​department will return any overpayment or set it against your next ​taxbill.
[T] to ​phone someone who has called you earlier: I ​left several ​messages on his answer-phone, but he never returned my ​call. He did not return the ​multiple messagesleft on his ​cellphone.
[I] to go back to an earlier ​situation or to ​start doing something again: return to sth The ​refinery may not return to ​fullproduction until later in the summer. Most women return to ​work at the end of their maternity ​leave.return to growth/profit The ​business is expected to return to ​growth next ​year.
return a cheque BANKING to ​send a cheque back to the ​person who ​wrote it, usually because they do not have enough ​money in the ​bank to ​pay the whole ​amount: The ​bank returned our ​cheque for ​lack of ​funds.
return a verdict LAW to give an ​officialopinion in a ​court of ​law about whether someone is guilty of a ​crime: The ​jury returned a ​verdict of 'not guilty.'

returnnoun

uk   us   /rɪˈtɜːn/
[C or U] ACCOUNTING, FINANCE the ​amount of ​profit made by an ​investment or a ​businessactivity: The ​programguaranteeslenders 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 ​chargeprices of over $20 a ​barrel in ​order to make a return. If the ​marketimproves, we can make a return of $10,000 on our ​investment. apositive/​negative returna good/high return I want an ​investment which ​offers a good return. alow/​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 ​manufacturingprocessled 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 ​officialdocument with details of your ​income that you ​send to the ​governmenttaxdepartment each ​year so that ​incometax can be ​calculated: It is possible to file your returnonline. When you have submitted your return, the Revenue promises you ​instantacknowledgement 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 ​bankingsector.
[U] (also return key) IT the ​key on a ​computerkeyboard that you ​press to give an ​instruction, or to ​start a new ​line in a ​document: Type in your ​name and then ​press return.
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( 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.
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by return (of post) COMMUNICATIONS using the next ​availablemailcollection to ​reply: We received an ​invoice by return of ​post. An answer by return would be ​appreciated.

returnadjective

uk   us   /rɪˈtɜːn/
UK TRANSPORT relating to a journey to a particular ​place and back again: a return journey/​ticket/​fare
(Definition of return from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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