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Definition 1: the act of going back to a prior location - [noun denoting act]

Samples where return or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they set out on their return to the base camp

(return is a kind of ...) the act of changing location from one place to another

"police controlled the motion of the crowd" "the movement of people from the farms to the cities" "his move put him directly in my path"

(... is a kind of return ) the act of entering again

(... is a kind of return ) the act of sending an accused person back into custody to await trial (or the continuation of the trial)

Definition 2: a coming to or returning home - [noun denoting act]

Samples where return or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • on his return from Australia we gave him a welcoming party

Synonyms for return in the sense of this definition

(return is a kind of ...) the act of arriving at a certain place

"they awaited her arrival"

(... is a kind of return ) the act of returning to the country of origin

Definition 3: getting something back again - [noun denoting act]

Samples where return or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • upon the restitution of the book to its rightful owner the child was given a tongue lashing

Synonyms for return in the sense of this definition

(return is a kind of ...) the act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something

"the acquisition of wealth" "the acquisition of one company by another"

(... is a kind of return ) finding a way to take money back from people that they were given in another way

"the Treasury will find some clawback for the extra benefits members received"

Definition 4: a tennis stroke that sends the ball back to the other player - [noun denoting act]

Samples where return or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he won the point on a cross-court return

(return is a kind of ...) the act of hitting a tennis ball with a tennis racket

(... is a kind of return ) a tennis return made by hitting the ball before it bounces

(... is a kind of return ) a tennis return that passes an opponent who has approached the net

(... is a kind of return ) a hard return hitting the tennis ball above your head

(... is a kind of return ) an easy return of a tennis ball in a high arc

(... is a kind of return ) a tennis return made by hitting the ball immediately after it bounces

(... is a kind of return ) a tennis return made by hitting the ball after it has bounced once

(... is a kind of return ) a return on a shot that seemed impossible to reach and would normally have resulted in a point for the opponent

(... is a kind of return ) (sports) a return made with the palm of the hand facing the direction of the stroke (as in tennis or badminton or squash)

(... is a kind of return ) a soft return so that the tennis ball drops abruptly after crossing the net

(... is a kind of return ) (sports) a hard straight return (as in tennis or squash)

(... is a kind of return ) a tennis return made with a downward motion that puts backspin on the ball

(... is a kind of return ) a return made with the back of the hand facing the direction of the stroke

(... is part of return) a game played with rackets by two or four players who hit a ball back and forth over a net that divides the court

Definition 5: (American football) the act of running back the ball after a kickoff or punt or interception or fumble - [noun denoting act]

(return is a kind of ...) (American football) a play in which a player attempts to carry the ball through or past the opposing team

"the defensive line braced to stop the run" "the coach put great emphasis on running"

(return belongs to category ...) a game played by two teams of 11 players on a rectangular field 100 yards long; teams try to get possession of the ball and advance it across the opponents goal line in a series of (running or passing) plays

Definition 6: a reciprocal group action - [noun denoting act]

Samples where return or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • in return we gave them as good as we got

Synonyms for return in the sense of this definition

(return is a kind of ...) action taken by a group of people

(... is a kind of return ) an act of requiting; returning in kind

(... is a kind of return ) action taken in return for an injury or offense

(... is a kind of return ) the act of making or doing something in return

(... is a kind of return ) an equivalent given in return

Definition 7: the act of someone appearing again - [noun denoting act]

Samples where return or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his reappearance as Hamlet has been long awaited

Synonyms for return in the sense of this definition

(return is a kind of ...) the act of appearing in public view

"the rookie made a brief appearance in the first period" "it was Bernhardt's last appearance in America"

(... is a kind of return ) return by a celebrity to some previously successful activity

Definition 8: the key on electric typewriters or computer keyboards that causes a carriage return and a line feed - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for return in the sense of this definition

(return is a kind of ...) a lever (as in a keyboard) that actuates a mechanism when depressed

Definition 9: document giving the tax collector information about the taxpayer's tax liability - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where return or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his gross income was enough that he had to file a tax return

Synonyms for return in the sense of this definition

(return is a kind of ...) (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right

(... is a kind of return ) a tax return that corrects the information in an earlier return

(... is a kind of return ) return required of a taxpayer whose tax withheld from income does not meet the tax liability for the year

(... is a kind of return ) an incorrect income tax return

(... is a kind of return ) a return that provides information to the tax collector but does not compute the tax liability

(... is a kind of return ) a return filed by a husband and wife

Definition 10: a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one) - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where return or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it brought a sharp rejoinder from the teacher

Synonyms for return in the sense of this definition

(return is a kind of ...) the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange

"he growled his reply"

(... is a kind of return ) an impudent or insolent rejoinder

"don't give me any of your sass"

Definition 11: happening again (especially at regular intervals) - [noun denoting event]

Samples where return or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the return of spring

Synonyms for return in the sense of this definition

(return is a kind of ...) an event that repeats

"the events today were a repeat of yesterday's"

(... is a kind of return ) a reappearance of an earlier characteristic

(... is a kind of return ) an unexpected but vivid recurrence of a past experience (especially a recurrence of the effects of an hallucinogenic drug taken much earlier)

Definition 12: the occurrence of a change in direction back in the opposite direction - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for return in the sense of this definition

(return is a kind of ...) a movement in a new direction

"the turning of the wind"

Definition 13: the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property - [noun denoting possession]

Samples where return or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the average return was about 5%

Synonyms for return in the sense of this definition

(return is a kind of ...) the financial gain (earned or unearned) accruing over a given period of time

(... is a kind of return ) the return derived from cultivated land in excess of that derived from the poorest land cultivated under similar conditions

(... is a kind of return ) financial return or reward (especially returns equal to the initial investment)

Definition 14: go back to a previous state - [verb of change]

Samples where return or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We reverted to the old rules

Synonyms for return in the sense of this definition

(return is a kind of ...) change to the contrary

"The trend was reversed" "the tides turned against him" "public opinion turned when it was revealed that the president had an affair with a White House intern"

(... is a kind of return ) go back to bad behavior

"Those who recidivate are often minor criminals"

(... is a kind of return ) return to the original position or state after being stretched or compressed

"The rubber tubes resile"

(... is a kind of return ) regain a former condition after a financial loss

"We expect the stocks to recover to $2.90" "The company managed to recuperate"

Definition 15: be restored - [verb of change]

Samples where return or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Her old vigor returned

Synonyms for return in the sense of this definition

(return is a kind of ...) appear again

"The sores reappeared on her body" "Her husband reappeared after having left her years ago"

Definition 16: go back to something earlier - [verb of communication]

Samples where return or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This harks back to a previous remark of his

Synonyms for return in the sense of this definition

(return is a kind of ...) have as a meaning

"`multi-' denotes `many' "

(... is a kind of return ) return in thought or speech to something

Definition 17: answer back - [verb of communication]

Synonyms for return in the sense of this definition

(return is a kind of ...) react verbally

"She didn't want to answer" "answer the question" "We answered that we would accept the invitation"

Definition 18: submit (a report, etc.) to someone in authority - [verb of communication]

Samples where return or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • submit a bill to a legislative body

(return is a kind of ...) refer for judgment or consideration

"The lawyers submitted the material to the court"

(... is a kind of return ) return a bill after consideration and revision to a legislative body

Definition 19: pass down - [verb of communication]

Samples where return or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • render a verdict
  • deliver a judgment

Synonyms for return in the sense of this definition

(return is a kind of ...) transmit information

"Please communicate this message to all employees" "pass along the good news"

Definition 20: make a return - [verb of contact]

Samples where return or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • return a kickback

(return is a kind of ...) move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body

"You must carry your camping gear" "carry the suitcases to the car" "This train is carrying nuclear waste" "These pipes carry waste water into the river"

(return belongs to category ...) any of various games played with a ball (round or oval) in which two teams try to kick or carry or propel the ball into each other's goal

Definition 21: give or supply - [verb of creation]

Samples where return or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The cow brings in 5 liters of milk
  • This year's crop yielded 1,000 bushels of corn
  • The estate renders some revenue for the family

Synonyms for return in the sense of this definition

(return is a kind of ...) create or manufacture a man-made product

"We produce more cars than we can sell" "The company has been making toys for two centuries"

(return has a similar meaning as ...) cause to happen or be responsible for

"His two singles gave the team the victory"

(return has a similar meaning as ...) bring about

"The trompe l'oeil-illusion establishes depth"

Definition 22: go or come back to place, condition, or activity where one has been before - [verb of motion]

Samples where return or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • return to your native land
  • the professor returned to his teaching position after serving as Dean

(return is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

(... is a kind of return ) return from the dead

"Christ is risen!" "The dead are to uprise"

(... is a kind of return ) return to the initial position from where it came; like a boomerang

(... is a kind of return ) return to a previous position; in mathematics

"The point returned to the interior of the figure"

(... is a kind of return ) return home

"After the movie, we went home"

(... is a kind of return ) return home accurately from a long distance

"homing pigeons"

(... is a kind of return ) return in time

"the film cut back to an earlier event in the story"

(... is a kind of return ) retrace one's course

"The hikers got into a storm and had to turn back"

(... is a kind of return ) to go back over again

"we retraced the route we took last summer" "trace your path"

(... is a kind of return ) visit again

"We revisited Rome after 25 years"

(... is a kind of return ) come back after being refused

"the check bounced"

Definition 23: return to a previous position; in mathematics - [verb of motion]

Samples where return or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The point returned to the interior of the figure

(return is a kind of ...) go or come back to place, condition, or activity where one has been before

"return to your native land" "the professor returned to his teaching position after serving as Dean"

Definition 24: bring back to the point of departure - [verb of motion]

Synonyms for return in the sense of this definition

(return is a kind of ...) take something or somebody with oneself somewhere

"Bring me the box from the other room" "Take these letters to the boss" "This brings me to the main point"

Definition 25: pay back - [verb of possession]

Samples where return or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Please refund me my money

Synonyms for return in the sense of this definition

(return is a kind of ...) give money, usually in exchange for goods or services

"I paid four dollars for this sandwich" "Pay the waitress, please"

(... is a kind of return ) pay back for some expense incurred

"Can the company reimburse me for my professional travel?"

(... is a kind of return ) give or bring back

"Restore the stolen painting to its rightful owner"

Definition 26: return in kind - [verb of possession]

Samples where return or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • return a compliment
  • return her love

(return is a kind of ...) act, feel, or give mutually or in return

"We always invite the neighbors and they never reciprocate!"

(... is a kind of return ) return or recoil

"Fame redounds to the heroes"

Definition 27: give back - [verb of possession]

Samples where return or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • render money

Synonyms for return in the sense of this definition

(return is a kind of ...) transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody

"I gave her my money" "can you give me lessons?" "She gave the children lots of love and tender loving care"

(... is a kind of return ) submit (information) again to a program or automatic system

Definition 28: be inherited by - [verb of possession]

Samples where return or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The estate fell to my sister
  • The land returned to the family
  • The estate devolved to an heir that everybody had assumed to be dead

Synonyms for return in the sense of this definition

(return is a kind of ...) be transferred to another owner

"This restaurant changed hands twice last year"

(... is a kind of return ) fall to somebody by assignment or lot

"The task fell to me" "It fell to me to notify the parents of the victims"

(return has a similar meaning as ...) come into the possession of

"The house accrued to the oldest son"

Synonyms for return in the sense of this definition

(return is a kind of ...) select by a vote for an office or membership

"We elected him chairman of the board"

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