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definition of the word return

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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
second United free #348: return call speak land

From Old French retorner (French: retourner).

Infinitive
to return

Third person singular
returns

Simple past
returned

Past participle
returned

Present participle
returning

to return (third-person singular simple present returns, present participle returning, simple past and past participle returned)

  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. (tennis): 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. (card games): 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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