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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Return  \Re*turn"\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Returned};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Returning}.]  [OE.  returnen,  retournen  F.  retourner; 
  pref.  re-  re-  +  tourner  to  turn.  See  {Turn}.] 
  1.  To  turn  back  to  go  or  come  again  to  the  same  place  or 
  condition.  ``Return  to  your  father's  house.''  --Chaucer. 
 
  On  their  embattled  ranks  the  waves  return.  --Milton. 
 
  If  they  returned  out  of  bondage,  it  must  be  into  a 
  state  of  freedom.  --Locke. 
 
  Dust  thou  art,  and  unto  dust  shalt  thou  return. 
  --Gen.  iii. 
  19. 
 
  2.  To  come  back  or  begin  again  after  an  interval,  regular 
  or  irregular;  to  appear  again 
 
  With  the  year  Seasons  return;  but  not  me  returns  Day 
  or  the  sweet  approach  of  even  or  morn.  --Milton. 
 
  3.  To  speak  in  answer;  to  reply;  to  respond. 
 
  He  said  and  thus  the  queen  of  heaven  returned. 
  --Pope. 
 
  4.  To  revert;  to  pass  back  into  possession. 
 
  And  Jeroboam  said  in  his  heart,  Now  shall  the 
  kingdom  return  to  the  house  of  David.  --1Kings  xii. 
  26. 
 
  5.  To  go  back  in  thought,  narration,  or  argument.  ``But  to 
  return  to  my  story.''  --Fielding. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Re-turn  \Re-turn"\,  v.  t.  &  i. 
  To  turn  again 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Return  \Re*turn"\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  bring  carry,  send  or  turn,  back  as  to  return  a 
  borrowed  book,  or  a  hired  horse. 
 
  Both  fled  attonce,  ne  ever  back  returned  eye. 
  --Spenser. 
 
  2.  To  repay;  as  to  return  borrowed  money. 
 
  3.  To  give  in  requital  or  recompense;  to  requite. 
 
  The  Lord  shall  return  thy  wickedness  upon  thine  own 
  head.  --1  Kings  ii 
  44. 
 
  4.  To  give  back  in  reply;  as  to  return  an  answer;  to  return 
  thanks. 
 
  5.  To  retort;  to  throw  back  as  to  return  the  lie. 
 
  If  you  are  a  malicious  reader,  you  return  upon  me 
  that  I  affect  to  be  thought  more  impartial  than  I 
  am  --Dryden. 
 
  6.  To  report,  or  bring  back  and  make  known 
 
  And  all  the  people  answered  together,  .  .  .  and 
  Moses  returned  the  words  of  the  people  unto  the 
  Lord.  --Ex.  xix.  8. 
 
  7.  To  render,  as  an  account,  usually  an  official  account,  to 
  a  superior;  to  report  officially  by  a  list  or  statement; 
  as  to  return  a  list  of  stores,  of  killed  or  wounded;  to 
  return  the  result  of  an  election. 
 
  8.  Hence  to  elect  according  to  the  official  report  of  the 
  election  officers.  [Eng.] 
 
  9.  To  bring  or  send  back  to  a  tribunal,  or  to  an  office,  with 
  a  certificate  of  what  has  been  done  as  to  return  a  writ. 
 
  10.  To  convey  into  official  custody,  or  to  a  general 
  depository. 
 
  Instead  of  a  ship,  he  should  levy  money,  and  return 
  the  same  to  the  treasurer  for  his  majesty's  use 
  --Clarendon. 
 
  11.  (Tennis)  To  bat  (the  ball)  back  over  the  net. 
 
  12.  (Card  Playing)  To  lead  in  response  to  the  lead  of  one's 
  partner;  as  to  return  a  trump;  to  return  a  diamond  for  a 
  club. 
 
  {To  return  a  lead}  (Card  Playing),  to  lead  the  same  suit  led 
  by  one's  partner. 
 
  Syn:  To  restore;  requite;  repay;  recompense;  render;  remit; 
  report. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Return  \Re*turn"\,  n. 
  1.  The  act  of  returning  (intransitive),  or  coming  back  to  the 
  same  place  or  condition;  as  the  return  of  one  long 
  absent;  the  return  of  health;  the  return  of  the  seasons, 
  or  of  an  anniversary. 
 
  At  the  return  of  the  year  the  king  of  Syria  will 
  come  up  against  thee.  --1  Kings  xx 
  22. 
 
  His  personal  return  was  most  required  and  necessary. 
  --Shak. 
 
  2.  The  act  of  returning  (transitive),  or  sending  back  to  the 
  same  place  or  condition;  restitution;  repayment;  requital; 
  retribution;  as  the  return  of  anything  borrowed,  as  a 
  book  or  money;  a  good  return  in  tennis. 
 
  You  made  my  liberty  your  late  request:  Is  no  return 
  due  from  a  grateful  breast?  --Dryden. 
 
  3.  That  which  is  returned.  Specifically: 
  a  A  payment;  a  remittance;  a  requital. 
 
  I  do  expect  return  Of  thrice  three  times  the 
  value  of  this  bond.  --Shak. 
  b  An  answer;  as  a  return  to  one's  question. 
  c  An  account,  or  formal  report,  of  an  action  performed, 
  of  a  duty  discharged,  of  facts  or  statistics,  and  the 
  like  as  election  returns;  a  return  of  the  amount  of 
  goods  produced  or  sold;  especially,  in  the  plural,  a 
  set  of  tabulated  statistics  prepared  for  general 
  information. 
  d  The  profit  on  or  advantage  received  from  labor,  or 
  an  investment,  undertaking,  adventure,  etc 
 
  The  fruit  from  many  days  of  recreation  is  very 
  little;  but  from  these  few  hours  we  spend  in 
  prayer,  the  return  is  great.  --Jer.  Taylor. 
 
  4.  (Arch.)  The  continuation  in  a  different  direction,  most 
  often  at  a  right  angle,  of  a  building,  face  of  a  building, 
  or  any  member,  as  a  molding  or  mold;  --  applied  to  the 
  shorter  in  contradistinction  to  the  longer;  thus  a  facade 
  of  sixty  feet  east  and  west  has  a  return  of  twenty  feet 
  north  and  south. 
 
  5.  (Law) 
  a  The  rendering  back  or  delivery  of  writ,  precept,  or 
  execution,  to  the  proper  officer  or  court. 
  b  The  certificate  of  an  officer  stating  what  he  has  done 
  in  execution  of  a  writ,  precept,  etc.,  indorsed  on  the 
  document. 
  c  The  sending  back  of  a  commission  with  the  certificate 
  of  the  commissioners. 
  d  A  day  in  bank.  See  {Return  day},  below.  --Blackstone. 
 
  6.  (Mil.  &  Naval)  An  official  account,  report,  or  statement, 
  rendered  to  the  commander  or  other  superior  officer;  as 
  the  return  of  men  fit  for  duty;  the  return  of  the  number 
  of  the  sick;  the  return  of  provisions,  etc 
 
  7.  pl  (Fort.  &  Mining)  The  turnings  and  windings  of  a  trench 
  or  mine. 
 
  {Return  ball},  a  ball  held  by  an  elastic  string  so  that  it 
  returns  to  the  hand  from  which  it  is  thrown,  --  used  as  a 
  plaything. 
 
  {Return  bend},  a  pipe  fitting  for  connecting  the  contiguous 
  ends  of  two  nearly  parallel  pipes  lying  alongside  or  one 
  above  another. 
 
  {Return  day}  (Law),  the  day  when  the  defendant  is  to  appear 
  in  court,  and  the  sheriff  is  to  return  the  writ  and  his 
  proceedings. 
 
  {Return  flue},  in  a  steam  boiler,  a  flue  which  conducts  flame 
  or  gases  of  combustion  in  a  direction  contrary  to  their 
  previous  movement  in  another  flue. 
 
  {Return  pipe}  (Steam  Heating),  a  pipe  by  which  water  of 
  condensation  from  a  heater  or  radiator  is  conveyed  back 
  toward  the  boiler. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  return 
  n  1:  document  giving  the  tax  collector  information  about  the 
  taxpayer's  tax  liability;  "his  gross  income  was  enough 
  that  he  had  to  file  a  tax  return"  [syn:  {tax  return},  {income 
  tax  return}] 
  2:  a  coming  to  or  returning  home;  "on  the  eve  of  his  return  to 
  Australia  we  gave  him  a  goodbye  party"  [syn:  {homecoming}] 
  3:  the  occurrence  of  a  change  in  direction  back  in  the  opposite 
  direction  [syn:  {coming  back}] 
  4:  getting  something  back  again  "upon  the  restitution  of  the 
  book  to  its  rightful  owner  the  child  was  given  a  tongue 
  lashing"  [syn:  {restitution},  {restoration},  {regaining}] 
  5:  the  act  of  returning  to  a  prior  location;  "they  set  out  on 
  their  return  to  the  base  camp" 
  6:  the  income  arising  from  land  or  other  property;  "the  average 
  return  was  about  5%"  [syn:  {issue},  {proceeds},  {take},  {takings}, 
  {yield},  {payoff}] 
  7:  happening  again  (especially  at  regular  intervals);  "the 
  return  of  spring"  [syn:  {recurrence}] 
  8:  a  reply  to  a  question  or  remark  (especially  a  witty  or 
  critical  one);  "it  brought  a  sharp  rejoinder  from  the 
  teacher"  [syn:  {rejoinder},  {retort},  {riposte},  {comeback}] 
  9:  the  key  on  electric  typewriters  that  causes  a  carriage 
  return  and  a  line  feed  [syn:  {return  key}] 
  10:  a  reciprocal  group  action  "in  return  we  gave  them  as  good 
  as  we  got"  [syn:  {paying  back},  {getting  even}] 
  11:  a  tennis  stroke  that  returns  the  ball  to  the  other  player; 
  "he  won  the  point  on  a  cross-court  return" 
  12:  the  act  of  running  back  the  football  after  a  kickoff  or  punt 
  or  interception  or  fumble 
  v  1:  come  back  to  place  where  one  has  been  before  or  return  to  a 
  previous  activity  [syn:  {go  back},  {get  back},  {come 
  back}] 
  2:  give  back  [syn:  {render}] 
  3:  go  back  to  a  previous  state;  "We  reverted  to  the  old  rules" 
  [syn:  {revert},  {regress},  {turn  back}] 
  4:  go  back  to  something  earlier;  "This  harks  back  to  a 
  previous  remark  of  his"  [syn:  {hark  back},  {come  back},  {recall}] 
  5:  bring  back  to  the  point  of  departure  [syn:  {take  back},  {bring 
  back}] 
  6:  return  in  kind  "return  a  compliment";  "return  her  love" 
  7:  make  a  return,  as  of  a  punt  or  a  kickback,  in  football 
  8:  answer  back  [syn:  {retort},  {come  back},  {repay},  {riposte}, 
  {rejoin}] 
  9:  "Her  old  vigor  returned"  [syn:  {come  back},  {be  restored}] 
  10:  pay  back  "Please  refund  me  my  money"  [syn:  {refund},  {repay}, 
  {give  back}] 
  11:  as  of  a  verdict,  by  a  jury  [syn:  {render},  {deliver}] 
  12:  elect  again  [syn:  {reelect}] 
  13:  be  inherited  by  "The  estate  fell  to  my  sister";  "The  land 
  returned  to  the  family";  The  estate  devolved  to  an  heir 
  that  everybody  had  assumed  to  be  dead"  [syn:  {fall},  {pass}, 
  {devolve}] 
  14:  return  to  a  previous  position;  in  mathematics:  "The  point 
  returned  to  the  interior  of  the  figure" 
  15:  give  or  supply;  "The  cow  brings  in  5  liters  of  milk";  "This 
  year's  crop  yielded  1,000  bushels  of  corn";  "The  cow 
  won't  give  much  milk"  [syn:  {render},  {yield},  {give},  {generate}] 
  16:  submit  (a  report,  etc.)  to  someone  in  authority;  "submit  a 
  bill  to  a  legislative  body" 




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