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's house.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

On their embattled ranks the waves return. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

If they returned out of bondage, it must be into a state of freedom. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. --Gen. iii. 19. [1913 Webster]

2. To come back, or begin again, after an interval, regular or irregular; to appear again. [1913 Webster]

With the year Seasons return; but not me returns Day or the sweet approach of even or morn. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. To speak in answer; to reply; to respond. [1913 Webster]

He said, and thus the queen of heaven returned. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

4. To revert; to pass back into possession. [1913 Webster]

And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David. --1Kings xii. 26. [1913 Webster]

5. To go back in thought, narration, or argument. ``But to return to my story.'' --Fielding. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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