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Usage statistics for the verb return:

spoken English13.33%written English86.67% imaginative writing59.13%informational writing40.87%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun return:

rejoinderreappearancepayoffhomecomingrestitutionretorttakereplicationcomebackrecurrenceyieldcounterrestorationreturnissue
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Definition of the noun return

What does return mean as a name of something?

Return is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: returns

  1. document giving the tax collector information about the taxpayer's tax liability
  2. a coming to or returning home
    • example: on his return from Australia we gave him a welcoming party
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of return: homecoming
    • more generic word: arrival = the act of arriving at a certain place
    • more specific word: repatriation = the act of returning to the country of origin
  3. the occurrence of a change in direction back in the opposite direction
  4. getting something back again
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of return: regaining / restitution / restoration
    • more generic word: acquisition = the act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something
    • more specific word: clawback = finding a way to take money back from people that they were given in another way
  5. the act of going back to a prior location
    • example: they set out on their return to the base camp
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: motion / move / movement = the act of changing location from one place to another
    • more specific words:
      • reentry = the act of entering again
      • remand = the act of sending an accused person back into custody to await trial
  6. the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property
    • example: the average return was about 5%
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • synonyms of return: issue / payoff / proceeds / take / takings / yield
    • more generic word: income = the financial gain (earned or unearned) accruing over a given period of time
    • more specific terms:
      • economic rent / rent = the return derived from cultivated land in excess of that derived from the poorest land cultivated under similar conditions
      • payback = financial return or reward
  7. happening again (especially at regular intervals)
  8. a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)
  9. the key on electric typewriters or computer keyboards that causes a carriage return and a line feed
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of return: return key
    • more generic word: key = a lever (as in a keyboard) that actuates a mechanism when depressed
  10. a reciprocal group action
  11. a tennis stroke that sends the ball back to the other player
    • example: he won the point on a cross-court return
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic terms: tennis shot / tennis stroke = the act of hitting a tennis ball with a tennis racket
    • more specific terms:
      • backhand stroke / backhand shot / backhand = a return made with the back of the hand facing the direction of the stroke
      • chop shot / chop = a tennis return made with a downward motion that puts backspin on the ball
      • drive = a hard straight return
      • drop shot / dink = a soft return so that the tennis ball drops abruptly after crossing the net
      • forehand stroke / forehand shot / forehand = a return made with the palm of the hand facing the direction of the stroke
      • get = a return on a shot that seemed impossible to reach and would normally have resulted in a point for the opponent
      • ground stroke = a tennis return made by hitting the ball after it has bounced once
      • half volley = a tennis return made by hitting the ball immediately after it bounces
      • lob = an easy return of a tennis ball in a high arc
      • overhead / smash = a hard return hitting the tennis ball above your head
      • passing shot = a tennis return that passes an opponent who has approached the net
      • volley = a tennis return made by hitting the ball before it bounces
    • part of: lawn tennis / tennis = a game played with rackets by two or four players who hit a ball back and forth over a net that divides the court
  12. (American football) the act of running back the ball after a kickoff or punt or interception or fumble
  13. the act of someone appearing again
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of return: reappearance
    • more generic word: appearance = the act of appearing in public view
    • more specific word: comeback = return by a celebrity to some previously successful activity

Alternative definition of the noun return

noun

  1. The act of returning.
  2. A return ticket.
  3. An item that is 'returned', e.g. due to a defect.
  4. [finance] Gain or loss from an investment.
  5. [context: taxation, finance]: A report of income submitted to a government for purposes of specifying exact tax payment amounts. A tax return.
  6. [computing] A carriage return character.
  7. [computing] The act of relinquishing control to the calling procedure.
  8. [computing] A return value: the data passed back from a called procedure.
  9. A short perpendicular extension of a desk, usually slightly lower.
  10. [context: American football] Catching a ball after a punt and running it back towards the opposing team.
  11. [cricket] A throw from a fielder to the wicket-keeper or to another fielder at the wicket.

Specialised definition of the noun return

Glossary of sports

in sports such as tennis, to hit a ball, especially a service, back to an opponent; an instance of hitting or playing the ball back to an opponent in a sport such as tennis (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

in the racquet games, playing back the ball served by the opponent. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / American football

an attempt by a player who has just caught an interception, punt, or kickoff to advance the ball the other way

Glossary of sports / bowling

the track that brings balls back from the pit

Definition of the verb return

What does return mean as a doing word?

Return is one of the top 100 most common verbs. It is used mostly in writing, being one of the top 100 most common verbs in written English.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: returned | returning | returns

  1. go or come back to place, condition, or activity where one has been before
  2. give back
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Theme]They will reimburse them up to $500Verbs of Change of Possession: disburse, extend, proffer, transfer
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]I donated my house (to somebody)
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Recipient]Brown presented a plaque to Jones | They lent a bicycle to me | We contributed our paycheck to her
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Theme]He is willing to sacrifice to the arbitrage trader some small profit
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]Nora sent the bookVerbs of Sending: convey, deliver, dispatch, pass on, port, post, shift, shunt, transfer, transport
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Destination]Amanda shuttled the children to school | Nora sent the book to London
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Destination] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]TransCanada is shifting its HQ to Calgary from Toronto
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]Amanda shoved the box from the corner | Amanda shuttled her children from Philadelphia | Nora sent the book from Paris
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source] to [Destination]Amanda trucked the package from Philadelphia to her mother's house | Nora sent the book from Paris to London
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of return: render
    • more generic word: give = transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
    • more specific terms: feed back / resubmit = submit (information) again to a program or automatic system
  3. go back to a previous state
  4. go back to something earlier
  5. bring back to the point of departure
    • example: They return the parcel to their parents
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of return: bring back / take back
    • more generic words: bring / convey / take = take something or somebody with oneself somewhere
  6. return in kind
    • examples: return a compliment | return her love
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic word: reciprocate = act, feel, or give mutually or in return
    • more specific word: redound = return or recoil
  7. make a return
    • example: return a kickback
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 2
    • domain: football / football game
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: carry / transport = move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body
  8. answer back
  9. be restored
    • example: Her old vigor returned
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of return: come back
    • more generic words: re-emerge / reappear = appear again
  10. pay back
    • examples: They return the money to them | They return them the money
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Theme]They will reimburse them up to $500
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]I donated my house (to somebody)
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Recipient]Brown presented a plaque to Jones | They lent a bicycle to me | We contributed our paycheck to her
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Theme]He is willing to sacrifice to the arbitrage trader some small profit

      Verbs of Change of Possession (with the same syntax): disburse, extend, proffer, transfer.

    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of return: give back / refund / repay
    • more generic word: pay = give money, usually in exchange for goods or services
    • more specific words:
  11. pass down
  12. elect again
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of return: reelect
    • more generic word: elect = select by a vote for an office or membership
  13. be inherited by
    • example: The land returned to the family
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of return: devolve / fall / pass
    • more generic terms: change hands / change owners = be transferred to another owner
    • more specific words: light / fall = fall to somebody by assignment or lot
  14. return to a previous position; in mathematics
    • example: The point returned to the interior of the figure
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
  15. give or supply
  16. submit (a report, etc.) to someone in authority
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic word: submit = refer for judgment or consideration
    • more specific term: report out = return a bill after consideration and revision to a legislative body

Alternative definition of the verb return

verb

  1. [intransitive] To come or go back (to a place or person).
  2. [intransitive] To go back in thought, narration, or argument.
  3. [intransitive, obsolete] To turn back, retreat.
  4. [transitive, obsolete] To turn (something) round.
  5. [transitive] To give something back to its original holder or owner.
  6. [transitive] To take something back to a retailer for a refund.
  7. [tennis] To bat the ball back over the net in response to a serve.
  8. [context: card games] To play a card as a result of another player's lead.
  9. [cricket] To throw a ball back to the wicket-keeper (or a fielder at that position) from somewhere in the field.
  10. [transitive] To say in reply; to respond.
  11. [intransitive] [computing] To relinquish control to the calling procedure.
  12. [transitive] [computing] To pass (data) back to the calling procedure.

Specialised definition of the verb return

Glossary of sports

to come back or to go back to an earlier position or place, or cause something to do so (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / tennis

if a player returns the ball, he or she reaches the opponent's shot and plays it back (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

to hit an opponent's shot back over the net and in play. After service, every successful shot is a return

Films

  1. "Return" a.k.a. "The Return" is a 2003 Russian drama film directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev and released internationally in 2004.
  2. "Return" is a 2011 independent film about an American reservist, wife and mother returning home from her tour of duty in the Middle East. The film was written and directed by Liza Johnson, and stars Linda Cardellini, Michael Shannon and John Slattery. It is Johnson's first feature length film, and received good reviews at its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival Director's Fortnight.
  3. "Return" a.k.a. "Wide Awake" is a 2007 South Korean film.
  4. "Return" is a 2012 short film written and directed by Shay Levi.
  5. "Return", also Return: A Case of Passion, is a 1985 independent mystery film, written, directed and co-produced by Andrew Silver. It was Silver's debut theatrical work.
  6. "Return", also Homecoming, is a 2010 Finnish short film directed by Harri J. Rantala and starring Eerik Kantokoski, Reeta Annala, Kalevi Haapoja and Kauko Salo.
  7. "Return" is a short film, directed by Wes Fisher.
  8. "Return" is an action film directed by Masato Harada.
    • country: Japan
    • language: Japanese Language
    • genre: Action Film
    • rating: G
    • released on

Phrases with Return

Phrases starting with the word Return:

  1. Return Ace
  2. return key
  3. return ball
  4. Return flow
  5. Return Pass
  6. Return Crease
  7. Return Spring
  8. return ticket
  9. return address
  10. Return to Form

Phrases ending with the word Return:

  1. in return
  2. day return
  3. tax return
  4. Ball Return
  5. false return
  6. joint return
  7. Excess Return
  8. amended return
  9. eternal return
  10. rate of return

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Return

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Google previewYou Can Be Rich Too : With Goal Based Investing

by P V Subramanyam, M Pattabiraman

The annualized return is a simple way to measure fund growth by imagining it behaves like an annually compounded fixed deposit; this allows us to...

Nominal return is the return offered by an investment before factoring in taxes and inflation .

Google previewAnunnaki Return, Star Nations and the Days to Come

by James Gilliland

Anunnaki Return is a book that can truly change the world.

Google previewRisk Management in Banking (2015)

by Jo?l Bessis

The logarithmic returns, or log-returns r0;t, are defined by: r0;t lnVt=V0 or V t expr0;tV0 The logarithmic return is a limit of...

The compounded discrete return is the geometric average of gross intermediate ...

Google previewUnderstanding Nietzscheanism (2014)

by Ashley Woodward

KEY POINT The eternalreturn The eternal return is the idea that time is cyclical, and everything that has happened will happen again an infinite number of times. It has at least two...

The eternal return is an idea that one might also endure.

Google previewCode of Federal Regulations (2000)

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The deemed sale return is the return on which target's deemed sale gain is reported that does not include any other items of target. Target files a deemed sale return when a section 338 election (but not a section 338(h)(10) election) is filed for ...

Google previewFixed Income Attribution (2005)

by Andrew Colin

Residual return is the difference between a security's price change due to yield changes, and its price change in the market. For any given security, residual return is given by rresidual = rDietz − rprice − rtrading − ryield − rspread − rspecific ...

Google previewControl of Cardiac Output (2010)

by David B. Young

The pressure gradient for venous return is a function of several factors including the blood volume flowing through the system, the...

Google previewDictionary of Health Insurance and Managed Care (2006)

by David E. Marcinko, MBA, CFP, CMP

REWRITTEN RETURN COMMISSION: That percentage of a commission paid to an agent by an insurance company that must be returned in the event a policy is canceled. RETURN ONEQUITY: Net income expressed as a percentage of ...

Google previewPersonal Finance: An Encyclopedia of Modern Money Management (2015)

An Encyclopedia of Modern Money Management by Barbara Friedberg

Interest/Return. Compound interest is created when interest that is added to the principal of a deposit or loan also earns interest. Over a period of time, compounding can greatly magnify the amount of debt owed or savings accumulated.

Google previewHXP-PCD Procedure Call Dictionary Draft 0.1

return (integer) PID sample php query $hxpclient-> query ('Person. Contact. Relation', $ header ...

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Usage statistics about return

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Usage statistics for the verb return:

spoken English13.33%written English86.67% imaginative writing59.13%informational writing40.87%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun return:

rejoinderreappearancepayoffhomecomingrestitutionretorttakereplicationcomebackrecurrenceyieldcounterrestorationreturnissue

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb return:

refunddevolverejoinretortrevertrepayrenderyieldgeneraterecalldeliverpassreturnfallgive

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Quotes about Return

THE POEMS RETURN

The poems return
And with them
I to myself-

Life begins again
I begin to believe
There is hope-

Somehow in some way
Something good will happen-

The poems return
I return
Thank God
I am alive again. (Shalom Freedman)
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Scrabble value of R1E1T1U1R1N1

The value of this 6-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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