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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.


Synonymshomecoming


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.


Synonymsrecurrence


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.


Synonymsreappearance


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.


Synonymsrender


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


Synonymsreelect


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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