Meaning of “return” - Learner’s Dictionary

return

verb uk us /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.
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.
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.

to go back to a previous condition:

Life has begun to return to normal now that the war is over.
HAPPEN AGAIN [ I ]

B2 If something returns, it happens again:

If the pains return phone the doctor.
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).
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.
SPORTS [ T ]

to hit or throw a ball back to someone when playing a sport

(Definition of “return verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)