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English noun: return

1. return (communication) document giving the tax collector information about the taxpayer's tax liability

SamplesHis gross income was enough that he had to file a tax return.

Synonymsincome tax return, tax return

Broader (hypernym)instrument, legal document, legal instrument, official document

Narrower (hyponym)amended return, declaration of estimated tax, estimated tax return, false return, information return, joint return

2. return (act) a coming to or returning home

SamplesOn his return from Australia we gave him a welcoming party.


Broader (hypernym)arrival

Narrower (hyponym)repatriation

3. return (event) the occurrence of a change in direction back in the opposite direction

Synonymscoming back

Broader (hypernym)turn, turning

4. return (act) getting something back again

SamplesUpon the restitution of the book to its rightful owner the child was given a tongue lashing.

Synonymsregaining, restitution, restoration

Broader (hypernym)acquisition

Narrower (hyponym)clawback

5. return (act) the act of going back to a prior location

SamplesThey set out on their return to the base camp.

Broader (hypernym)motion, move, movement

Narrower (hyponym)reentry, remand

6. return (possession) the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property

SamplesThe average return was about 5%.

Synonymsissue, payoff, proceeds, take, takings, yield

Broader (hypernym)income

Narrower (hyponym)economic rent, payback, rent

7. return (event) happening again (especially at regular intervals)

SamplesThe return of spring.


Broader (hypernym)repeat, repetition

Narrower (hyponym)atavism, flashback, reversion, throwback

8. return (communication) a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)

SamplesIt brought a sharp rejoinder from the teacher.

Synonymscomeback, counter, rejoinder, replication, retort, riposte

Broader (hypernym)reply, response

Narrower (hyponym)back talk, backtalk, lip, mouth, sass, sassing

9. return (artifact) the key on electric typewriters or computer keyboards that causes a carriage return and a line feed

Synonymsreturn key

Broader (hypernym)key

10. return (act) a reciprocal group action

SamplesIn return we gave them as good as we got.

Synonymsgetting even, paying back

Broader (hypernym)group action

Narrower (hyponym)payment, reciprocation, requital, retaliation, revenge, tit for tat

11. return (act) a tennis stroke that sends the ball back to the other player

SamplesHe won the point on a cross-court return.

Broader (hypernym)tennis shot, tennis stroke

Narrower (hyponym)backhand, backhand shot, backhand stroke, chop, chop shot, dink, drive, drop shot, forehand, forehand shot, forehand stroke, get, ground stroke, half volley, lob, overhead, passing shot, smash, volley

Part meronymlawn tennis, tennis

12. return (act) (American football) the act of running back the ball after a kickoff or punt or interception or fumble

Broader (hypernym)run, running, running game, running play

Domain categoryAmerican football, American football game

13. return (act) the act of someone appearing again

SamplesHis reappearance as Hamlet has been long awaited.


Broader (hypernym)appearance

Narrower (hyponym)comeback

English verb: return

1. return (motion) go or come back to place, condition, or activity where one has been before

SamplesReturn to your native land.
The professor returned to his teaching position after serving as Dean.

ExamplesThe children return to the playground

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Narrower (hyponym)backtrack, boomerang, bounce, cut back, double back, flash back, go home, head home, home, resurrect, retrace, return, revisit, rise, trace, turn back, uprise

2. return (possession) give back

SamplesRender money.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)give

Narrower (hyponym)feed back, resubmit

3. return (change) go back to a previous state

SamplesWe reverted to the old rules.

Synonymsregress, retrovert, revert, turn back

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)change by reversal, reverse, turn

Narrower (hyponym)fall back, go back, lapse, recidivate, recover, recuperate, regress, relapse, resile, retrogress

4. return (communication) go back to something earlier

SamplesThis harks back to a previous remark of his.

Synonymscome back, hark back, recall

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)denote, refer

Narrower (hyponym)go back, recur

5. return (motion) bring back to the point of departure

ExamplesThey return the parcel to their parents

Synonymsbring back, take back

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)bring, convey, take

6. return (possession) return in kind

SamplesReturn a compliment.
Return her love.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)reciprocate

Narrower (hyponym)redound

7. return (contact) make a return

SamplesReturn a kickback.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)carry, transport

Domain categoryfootball, football game

8. return (communication) answer back

Synonymscome back, rejoin, repay, retort, riposte

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)answer, reply, respond

9. return (change) be restored

SamplesHer old vigor returned.

Synonymscome back

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)re-emerge, reappear

10. return (possession) pay back

SamplesPlease refund me my money.

ExamplesThey return the money to them , They return them the money

Synonymsgive back, refund, repay

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)pay

Narrower (hyponym)reimburse, restitute, restore

11. return (communication) pass down

SamplesRender a verdict.
Deliver a judgment.

Synonymsdeliver, render

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)communicate, pass, pass along, pass on, put across

12. return (social) elect again


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)elect

13. return (possession) be inherited by

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

Synonymsdevolve, fall, pass

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)change hands, change owners

Narrower (hyponym)fall, light

Verb groupaccrue, fall

14. return (motion) return to a previous position; in mathematics

SamplesThe point returned to the interior of the figure.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)return

15. return (creation) give or supply

SamplesThe 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.

Synonymsgenerate, give, render, yield

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)create, make, produce

Verb groupestablish, give, give, yield

16. return (communication) submit (a report, etc.) to someone in authority

SamplesSubmit a bill to a legislative body.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)subject, submit

Narrower (hyponym)report out

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