return to - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyreturn to
he/she/itreturns to
present participlereturning to
past tensereturned to
past participlereturned to
  1. 1
    return to something to go back to a previous state or way of behaving

    Once the holidays were over, our lives returned to normal.

  2. 2
    return to something to go back to a subject that has already been mentioned
    return to to:

    I’d like to return to what David was saying earlier.

  3. 3
    return to something to go back to an activity after an interruption
    return to to:

    She looked up momentarily but then returned to her reading.

    return to work/school:

    He won’t be able to return to work for at least two weeks.

See also main entry: return