return


return
return vb
1 Return, revert, recur, recrudesce are comparable when they mean to go or come back (as to a person or to a place or condition). The same distinctions in implications and connotations are evident in their corresponding nouns return, reversion, recurrence, recrudescence
Return is the ordinary term of this group; it usually implies either a going back to a starting place or a source
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they returned as wolves return to cover, satisfied with the slaughter that they had done— Kipling

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the sickness of a child caused their sudden return

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or it may imply, especially in the case of the noun, a coming back to a former or proper place or condition
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now shall the kingdom return to the house of David—7 Kings 12:26

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look forward to the return of spring

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he was greeted with enthusiasm on his return home

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he returns here tomorrow

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sorry to hear you had a return of your rheumatism— Whitman

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Revert and reversion (see also REVERSION 2) most frequently imply a going back to a previous, often a lower, state or condition
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the conception of a lordly splendid destiny for the human race, to which we are false when we revert to wars and other atavistic follies— Russell

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in the last hours of his life he reverted to the young man he had been in the gutter days in Vienna— Shirer

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the reversion to barbarism in political trials and punishments— Cobban

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Both terms, however, are often used when a return after an interruption is implied (as to a previous owner, to a previous topic, or to a previous decision)
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when the lease expires, the property reverts to the lessor

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thought that he would not pass between these two, then he decided that he would hurry up and do so, then he reverted to his former decision— H. G. Wells

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on reversion to private trading in aluminium in this country— Financial Times

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Recur and recurrence imply a return, or sometimes repeated returns at more or less regular intervals, of something that has previously happened, that has previously affected a person or thing, that has previously been in one's mind, or that has been previously known or experienced
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the idea kept recurring, and growing stronger each time it came back— Cloete

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they came back to her as a dream recursBennett

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a melancholy tempered by recurrences of faith and resignation and simple joy— Joyce

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incessant recurrence without variety breeds tedium; the overiterated becomes the monotonous— Lowes

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Recrudesce and the more frequent recrudescence imply a return to life or activity; usually the terms imply a breaking out again of something that has been repressed, suppressed, or kept under control
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the general influence . . . which is liable every now and then to recrudesce in his absence— Gurney

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the recrudescence of an epidemic of influenza

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Analogous words: *advert, revert: *turn, rotate, revolve: restore, *renew: *recover, regain: reverberate, repercuss, *rebound
2 *reciprocate, retaliate, requite
Analogous words: repay, recompense, compensate (see PAY): *give, bestow
return n reversion, recurrence, recrudescence (see under RETURN vb)

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  • Return — Re*turn , n. 1. 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. [1913 Webster] At the return of the year …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Return — Re*turn , v. t. 1. To bring, carry, send, or turn, back; as, to return a borrowed book, or a hired horse. [1913 Webster] Both fled attonce, ne ever back returned eye. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. To repay; as, to return borrowed money. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Return — may refer to:* Return (architecture), the receding edge of a flat face * Return (finance), the financial term for the profit or loss derived from an investment * Tax return, a form submitted to taxation authorities * Carriage return, a key on an… …   Wikipedia

  • return — [ri tʉrn′] vi. [ME retournen < OFr retourner: see RE & TURN] 1. to go or come back, as to a former place, condition, practice, opinion, etc. 2. to go back in thought or speech [to return to the subject] 3. to revert to a former owner 4. to ans …   English World dictionary

  • return — [n1] coming again acknowledgment, answer, appearance, arrival, coming, entrance, entry, homecoming, occurrence, reaction, reappearance, rebound, recoil, recoiling, recompense, recompensing, recovery, recrudescence, recurrence, reestablishment,… …   New thesaurus

  • Return — Re*turn , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Returned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Returning}.] [OE. returnen, retournen, F. retourner; pref. re re + tourner to turn. See {Turn}.] 1. To turn back; to go or come again to the same place or condition. Return to your father …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • return — ► VERB 1) come or go back to a place. 2) (return to) go back to (a particular state or activity). 3) give or send back or put back in place. 4) feel, say, or do (the same feeling, action, etc.) in response. 5) (in tennis) hit or send (the ball)… …   English terms dictionary

  • return to — index continue (resume), renew (begin again), reopen, resume Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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