|Origin:||retourner, from tourner 'to turn'|
to go or come back to a place where you were before [= go back, come back]: ! In spoken English it is more usual to use go/come back.
It was forty five minutes before she returned.
Are you planning to return to Spain?
I have just returned from five months in Zimbabwe.
Alison decided to return home.
He left his country, never to return.
to give or send something back, or to put something back in its place [= give back, put back] ! In spoken English it is more usual to use take/bring/give back.
return something to something/somebody
Carson returned the notebook to his pocket.
I returned the books to the library unread.
Please complete the enclosed application form and return it in the envelope attached.
if a feeling, situation etc returns, it starts to exist or happen again [= come back]:
If the pain returns, take two of the tablets with some water.
David could feel his anger returning.
when peace finally returns to this country
to do something to someone because they have done the same thing to you:
do the same[transitive]
He smiled at her warmly and she returned his smile.
I phoned him twice on Friday and left messages, but he never returned my call (=he didn't phone me).
Thanks very much. I'll return the favour (=do something to help you) some day.
The police did not return fire (=shoot back at someone who shot at them).
to answer someone:
'Yes,' he returned. 'I'm a lucky man.'
to hit the ball back to your opponent in a game such as tennis
to elect someone to a political position, especially to represent you in parliament
elect[transitive usually passive] British EnglishPPV
return somebody to something
Yeo was returned to Parliament with an increased majority.
return somebody as something
At the election she was returned as MP for Brighton.
when a jury return their verdict, they say whether someone is guilty or not
to make a profit:
The group returned increased profits last year.
return to somethingphrasal verb
to change back to a previous state or situation, or to change something back:
David waited for a moment to let his breathing return to normal.
return something to something
The new chairman made the cuts necessary to return the company to profitability.
to start doing an activity, job etc that you were doing before you stopped or were interrupted [= go back]:
Nicholas looked up, grinned, then returned to his newspaper.
The children return to school next week.
Ellie needed to return to work soon after the birth.
to start discussing or dealing with a subject that you have already mentioned:
I will return to this problem in a moment.