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Definition of return:

  1. A day in bank. See day, below.
  2. A payment; a remittance; a requital.
  3. 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.
  4. An answer; as, a return to one's question.
  5. 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.
  6. Hence, to elect according to the official report of the election officers.
  7. That which is returned.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. The certificate of an officer stating what he has done in execution of a writ, precept, etc., indorsed on the document.
  11. 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.
  12. The profit on, or advantage received from, labor, or an investment, undertaking, adventure, etc.
  13. The rendering back or delivery of writ, precept, or execution, to the proper officer or court.
  14. The sending back of a commission with the certificate of the commissioners.
  15. The turnings and windings of a trench or mine.
  16. To bat ( the ball) back over the net.
  17. 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.
  18. To bring, carry, send, or turn, back; as, to return a borrowed book, or a hired horse.
  19. To come back, or begin again, after an interval, regular or irregular; to appear again.
  20. To convey into official custody, or to a general depository.
  21. To give back in reply; as, to return an answer; to return thanks.
  22. To give in requital or recompense; to requite.
  23. To go back in thought, narration, or argument.
  24. To lead in response to the lead of one's partner; as, to return a trump; to return a diamond for a club.
  25. 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.
  26. To repay; as, to return borrowed money.
  27. To report, or bring back and make known.
  28. To retort; to throw back; as, to return the lie.
  29. To revert; to pass back into possession.
  30. To speak in answer; to reply; to respond.
  31. To turn back; to go or come again to the same place or condition.


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