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Etymology

From Old French retorner (French: retourner).

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to return

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to return (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To give something back to its original holder/owner.
    You should return the library book within one month.
  2. (transitive) To take something back to a retailer for a refund.
    If the goods don't work, you can return them to the store.
  3. (intransitive) To come back after some period of time, or at regular intervals.
    Although the birds fly north for the summer, they return' here in winter.
  4. To go back in thought, narration, or argument.
    To return to my story.
  5. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1): To bat the ball in response to a serve over the net.
    The player couldn't return' the serve becasue it was so fast.
  6. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1): To play a card as a result of another player's lead.
    If one players plays a trump, the others must return a trump.
  7. (cricket) To throw a ball back to the wicket-keeper (or a fielder at that position) from somewhere in the field.
  8. (computing) (intransitive) To go back from a called procedure to the procedure that called it.
  9. (computing) (transitive) Of a called procedure, to pass back (data) to the calling procedure.

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Noun

Singular
return

Plural
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  1. The act of a person returning.
    "Upon my return..."
  2. A return ticket.
    Do you want a one-way or return?
  3. An item that is returned, e.g. due to a defect.
    Last year there were 250 returns of this product, less than the 500 the previous year.
  4. (finance): Gain or loss from an investment.
    It yielded a return of 5%
  5. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1): A report of income submitted to a government for purposes of specifying exact tax payment amounts. A tax return.
    Hand in your return by the end of the tax year.
  6. (computing) A character that indicates a new line. Hexadecimal %x0d, decimal 13. Old typewriters had a carriage that lined up the paper with the printing strike-arms; with the advent of electronic typewriters, the "carriage return" key would realign the printing at the left margin, and advance to a new line. Early computers added <CR><LF> (13,10) to indicate a new line, with variations such as <LF> (10), <CR> (13) and even <LF><CR> (10,13). Modern computer use has expanded the meaning to denote a new paragraph.
  7. (computing) The act of going back from a called procedure to the procedure that called it.
  8. (computing) The data passed back from a called procedure to the calling procedure (also return value).
  9. A short extention (perpendicular) of a desk, usually slightly lower.
  10. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1): Catching a ball after a punt, and running it back towards the opposing team.
  11. (cricket) A throw from a fielder to the wicket-keeper or to another fielder at the wicket.

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