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noun return pronunciation in American English /rɪˈtɜrn/
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  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
    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.

    1. a.
      a ticket for an event that you give back because you no longer want it, so that it can be sold to someone else
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  6. 7
    [countable] an official form that you must fill out, especially one involving taxes
    See also tax return
  7. 8
    [uncountable] a return key

    PressReturn” if you wish to proceed.

  8. 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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