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noun return pronunciation in American English /rɪˈtɜrn/
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singularreturn
pluralreturns
  1. 1
    [singular/uncountable] a situation in which you go back to a place or come back from a place
    return from: Harry had met Olivia shortly after his return from India.
    return to: Back at the hotel, John was packing for his return to London.
    on someone’s return (from/to something): On her return to England, she published an account of her travels.
  2. 2
    [singular/uncountable] a situation in which you go back to a previous activity or condition
    return to: the country’s return to democratic rule
    1. a.
      the start of a feeling or situation again
      return of: After a long winter, they eagerly awaited the return of spring.
  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] the action of putting, sending, or taking something back to the place where it came from
    No returns are allowed on sale merchandise.
    on/upon (the) return of something: Your deposit will be refunded upon return of the bicycle.
  4. 4
    [countable/uncountable] a profit on money that you have invested
    return of: We were able to get a return of 10% on our investment.
    return on: This represents a likely return on capital of over 20% in the first year.
    See also rate of return
  5. 5
    [countable] British a round-trip
    I’d like two returns to Glasgow, please.
  6. 6

    returns

    [plural] the results of an election
    Early returns show that the President is in the lead.
  7. 7
    [countable] an official form that you must fill out, especially one involving taxes
    VAT/census returns
    See also tax return
  8. 8
    [uncountable] a return key
    Press “Return” if you wish to proceed.
  9. 9
    [countable] the action of hitting a ball back to an opponent in a game such as tennis
    Williams hit a wonderful return.

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