the act of returning from somewhere, or your arrival back in a place:
We're all looking forward to your return!
I need to know the date of her return from Europe.
Malcolm decided to delay his return to York.
on/upon somebody's return
On his return from Canada, he joined the army.
the act of giving, putting, or sending something back
A mother is appealing for the safe return of her baby son.
Police have arranged for the return of the stolen goods.
a change back to a previous state or situation
The United States called for a return to democracy.
a return to normal
when someone starts an activity again after they had stopped
Rose's return to the teaching profession
Jean is well enough now to consider her return to work.
the amount of profit that you get from something:
profit[uncountable and countable]BF
The markets are showing extremely poor returns.
How can you get the best return on your investment?
The returns from farming are declining.
The average rates of return were 15%.
as payment or reward for something:
He is always helping people without expecting anything in return.
We offer an excellent all-round education to our students. In return, we expect students to work hard.
Liz agreed to look after the baby in return for a free room.
when a feeling, situation etc starts to exist or happen again
She felt a return of her old anxiety.
David had noticed the return of worrying symptoms in the last few days.
the key that you press on a computer at the end of an instruction or to move to a new line [= enter]:
Key in the file name and press return.
a statement giving written information in reply to official questions: ➔ tax return
an analysis of the 1851 census returns
a vote in an election:
What are the returns from last night's voting?
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if you reply to a letter by return, you send your reply almost immediately
a ticket for a journey from one place to another and back again [≠ single; = round trip AmE] ➔ day return