re|turn1 W1S2 [rıˈtə:n US -ə:rn] v
1¦(go back)¦
2¦(give back)¦
4¦(do the same)¦
8 return a verdict
Phrasal verbs
 return to something
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: retourner, from tourner 'to turn']
1.) ¦(GO BACK)¦
to go or come back to a place where you were before
= ↑go back, come back ↑come back
It was forty five minutes before she returned.
return to
Are you planning to return to Spain?
return from
I have just returned from five months in Zimbabwe.
Alison decided to return home .
He left his country, never to return .
2.) ¦(GIVE BACK)¦ [T]
to give or send something back, or to put something back in its place
= ↑give back, put back ↑put back return sth to sth/sb
Carson returned the notebook to his pocket.
I returned the books to the library unread.
Please complete the enclosed application form and return it in the envelope attached.
if a feeling, situation etc returns, it starts to exist or happen again
= ↑come back
If the pain returns, take two of the tablets with some water.
David could feel his anger returning.
return to
when peace finally returns to this country
4.) ¦(DO THE SAME)¦ [T]
to do something to someone because they have done the same thing to you
He smiled at her warmly and she returned his smile.
I phoned him twice on Friday and left messages, but he never returned my call (=he didn't phone me) .
Thanks very much. I'll return the favour (=do something to help you) some day.
The police did not return fire (=shoot back at someone who shot at them) .
5.) ¦(ANSWER)¦ [T]
[i]written to answer someone
'Yes,' he returned. 'I'm a lucky man.'
6.) ¦(BALL)¦ [T]
to hit the ball back to your opponent in a game such as tennis
7.) ¦(ELECT)¦ [T usually passive]
BrE to elect someone to a political position, especially to represent you in parliament
return sb to sth
Durrant was returned to Parliament with an increased majority.
return sb as sth
At the last election she was again returned as MP for Brighton.
8.) return a verdict
when a ↑jury return their ↑verdict, they say whether someone is guilty or not
9.) ¦(PROFIT)¦ [T]
to make a profit
The group returned increased profits last year.
return to [return to sth] phr v
1.) to change back to a previous state or situation, or to change something back
David waited for a moment to let his breathing return to normal .
return sth to sth
The new chairman made the cuts necessary to return the company to profitability.
2.) to start doing an activity, job etc that you were doing before you stopped or were interrupted
= ↑go back
Nicholas looked up, grinned, then returned to his newspaper.
The children return to school next week.
Ellie needed to return to work soon after the birth.
3.) formal to start discussing or dealing with a subject that you have already mentioned
I will return to this problem in a moment.
HINT sense 1
In spoken English it is more usual to use go/come back.
HINT sense 2
In spoken English it is more usual to use take/bring/give back.
return 2
return2 W2S2 n
1¦(coming back)¦
2¦(giving back)¦
3¦(changing back)¦
4¦(starting again)¦
6 in return (for something)
11 by return (of post)
1.) ¦(COMING BACK)¦ [singular]
the act of returning from somewhere, or your arrival back in a place
We're all looking forward to your return!
return from
I need to know the date of her return from Europe.
return to
Malcolm decided to delay his return to York.
on/upon sb's return
On his return from Canada, he joined the army.
2.) ¦(GIVING BACK)¦ [singular]
the act of giving, putting, or sending something back
return of
A mother is appealing for the safe return of her baby son.
Police have arranged for the return of the stolen goods.
3.) ¦(CHANGING BACK)¦ [singular]
a change back to a previous state or situation
return to
The United States called for a return to democracy.
a return to normal
4.) ¦(STARTING AGAIN)¦ [singular]
when someone starts an activity again after they had stopped
return to
Rose's return to the teaching profession
Jean is well enough now to consider her return to work .
5.) ¦(PROFIT)¦ [U and C]
the amount of profit that you get from something
The markets are showing extremely poor returns.
return on
How can you get the best return on your investment?
return from
The returns from farming are declining.
The average rates of return were 15%.
6.) in return (for sth)
as payment or reward for something
He is always helping people without expecting anything in return.
We offer an excellent all-round education to our students. In return, we expect students to work hard.
Liz agreed to look after the baby in return for a free room.
7.) ¦(FEELING/SITUATION)¦ [singular]
when a feeling, situation etc starts to exist or happen again
return of
She felt a return of her old anxiety.
David had noticed the return of worrying symptoms in the last few days.
8.) ¦(COMPUTER)¦[U]
the key that you press on a computer at the end of an instruction or to move to a new line
= ↑enter
Key in the file name and press return.
a statement giving written information in reply to official questions
an analysis of the 1851 census returns
10.)¦(VOTE)¦ technical
a vote in an election
What are the returns from last night's voting?
11.) by return (of post)
BrE if you reply to a letter by return, you send your reply almost immediately
12.) ¦(TICKET)¦ BrE
a ticket for a journey from one place to another and back again
≠ ↑single
American Equivalent: round trip
the point of no return atpoint1 (10)
return 3
return3 adj [only before noun]
used or paid for a journey from one place to another and back again
American Equivalent: round trip
a return ticket
a return fare

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