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noun return pronunciation in British English /rɪˈtɜː(r)n/
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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 ticket that takes you to a place and back again

    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

      We could queue for returns on the day of the concert.

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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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