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noun British English pronunciation: return /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

    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 ticket that takes you to a place and back again

    I'd like two returns to Glasgow, please.

  6. 6

    returns

    [plural] the results of an election

    Early returns show that the Labour Party is in the lead.

  7. 8
    [uncountable] a return key

    Press 'Return' if you wish to proceed.

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