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Adjective: returning  ri'tur-ning
  1. Tending to return to an earlier state
    - reverting
     
  2. Tending to be turned back
    - reversive
Verb: return  ri'turn
  1. 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. Give back
    "return money";
    - render
     
  3. Go back to a previous state
    "We returned to the old rules";
    - revert, retrovert, regress, turn back
     
  4. Go back to something earlier
    "This returns to a previous remark of his";
    - hark back, come back, recall
     
  5. Bring back to the point of departure
    - take back, bring back
     
  6. Return in kind
    "return a compliment"; "return her love"
     
  7. (football) make a return
    "return a kickback"
     
  8. Respond in a quick, clever or humorous way
    - retort, come back, repay, riposte, rejoin
     
  9. Be restored
    "Her old vigour returned";
    - come back
     
  10. Pay back
    - refund, repay, give back
     
  11. Pass down
    "return a verdict";
    - render, deliver
     
  12. Elect again
    - reelect
     
  13. Be inherited by
    "The land returned to the family";
    - fall, pass, devolve
     
  14. Give or supply
    "The estate returns some revenue for the family";
    - render, yield, give, generate
     
  15. Submit (a report, etc.) to someone in authority

See also: backward, regressive

Type of: answer, bring, carry, change by reversal, change hands, change owners, communicate, convey, create, denote, elect, give, go, locomote, make, move, pass, pass along, pass on, pay, produce, put across, reappear, reciprocate, re-emerge, refer, reply, respond, reverse, subject, submit, take, transport, travel, turn

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