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Meaning of “return” - Learner’s Dictionary

return

verb     /rɪˈtɜːn/
GO BACK [I] A2 to go or come back to a place where you were before: She returned to America in 1954. I won't return from my holiday till May.Returning to a place
GIVE BACK [T] A2 to give, send, or put something back where it came from: I have to return the book by Friday. He immediately returned the records to the files.Giving, bringing or getting back
return to sth B2 to start doing an activity again or talking about something again: I returned to work three months after Susie was born. We keep returning to the same subject.Repeating an action to go back to a previous condition: Life has begun to return to normal now that the war is over.Repeating an action
HAPPEN AGAIN [I] B2 If something returns, it happens again: If the pains return phone the doctor.Repeating an action
DO THE SAME [T] B2 to react to something that someone does or says by doing or saying the same: I returned his smile. I must return Michael's call (= telephone him because he telephoned me earlier).Repeating an actionReciprocating
return a verdict/sentence to announce if someone is guilty or not guilty or what punishment the person will be given in a law court: The jury returned a verdict of guilty.Court cases, orders and decisionsNot punishing and reducing punishment
SPORTS [T] to hit or throw a ball back to someone when playing a sportTennis and racket sports
(Definition of return verb from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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