Synonyms of return


1. tax return, income tax return, return, legal document, legal instrument, official document, instrument

usage: 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"

2. return, homecoming, arrival

usage: a coming to or returning home; "on his return from Australia we gave him a welcoming party"

3. return, coming back, turning, turn

usage: the occurrence of a change in direction back in the opposite direction

4. restitution, return, restoration, regaining, acquisition

usage: getting something back again; "upon the restitution of the book to its rightful owner the child was given a tongue lashing"

5. return, motion, movement, move

usage: the act of going back to a prior location; "they set out on their return to the base camp"

6. return, issue, take, takings, proceeds, yield, payoff, income

usage: the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property; "the average return was about 5%"

7. recurrence, return, repeat, repetition

usage: happening again (especially at regular intervals); "the return of spring"

8. rejoinder, retort, return, riposte, replication, comeback, counter, reply, response

usage: a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one); "it brought a sharp rejoinder from the teacher"

9. return key, return, key

usage: the key on electric typewriters or computer keyboards that causes a carriage return and a line feed

10. return, paying back, getting even, group action

usage: a reciprocal group action; "in return we gave them as good as we got"

11. return, tennis stroke, tennis shot

usage: a tennis stroke that sends the ball back to the other player; "he won the point on a cross-court return"

12. return, run, running, running play, running game

usage: (American football) the act of running back the ball after a kickoff or punt or interception or fumble

13. reappearance, return, appearance

usage: the act of someone appearing again; "his reappearance as Hamlet has been long awaited"


1. return, travel, go, move, locomote

usage: go or come back to place, condition, or activity where one has been before; "return to your native land"; "the professor returned to his teaching position after serving as Dean"

2. render, return, give

usage: give back; "render money"

3. revert, return, retrovert, regress, turn back, change by reversal, turn, reverse

usage: go back to a previous state; "We reverted to the old rules"

4. hark back, return, come back, recall, denote, refer

usage: go back to something earlier; "This harks back to a previous remark of his"

5. return, take back, bring back, bring, convey, take

usage: bring back to the point of departure

6. return, reciprocate

usage: return in kind; "return a compliment"; "return her love"

7. return, transport, carry

usage: make a return; "return a kickback"

8. retort, come back, repay, return, riposte, rejoin, answer, reply, respond

usage: answer back

9. come back, return, reappear, re-emerge

usage: be restored; "Her old vigor returned"

10. refund, return, repay, give back, pay

usage: pay back; "Please refund me my money"

11. render, deliver, return, communicate, pass on, pass, pass along, put across

usage: pass down; "render a verdict"; "deliver a judgment"

12. reelect, return, elect

usage: elect again

13. fall, return, pass, devolve, change hands, change owners

usage: 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"

14. return, return

usage: return to a previous position; in mathematics; "The point returned to the interior of the figure"

15. render, yield, return, give, generate, produce, make, create

usage: give or supply; "The cow brings in 5 liters of milk"; "This year's crop yielded 1,000 bushels of corn"; "The estate renders some revenue for the family"

16. return, submit, subject

usage: submit (a report, etc.) to someone in authority; "submit a bill to a legislative body"

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Definition and meaning of return (Dictionary)