return


return
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noun
1 coming/going back; giving sth back
ADJECTIVE
complete, full

a full return to health

gradual
eventual

his eventual return to Budapest

long-awaited

The championships made their long-awaited return to the West Coast.

imminent
unexpected

the unexpected return of her long-lost niece

timely

Will he be saved by the timely return of Simone?

early
welcome

This is a welcome return to form for one of the best athletes in the sport.

possible, potential

He does not rule out a possible return to the concert world.

fast, prompt, quick, rapid, speedy, swift

The new treatment means patients can expect a shorter hospital stay and a faster return to work.

brief
safe

They offered up a prayer of thanks for her safe return.

triumphant

She made a triumphant return to Broadway earlier this year.

successful

He made a successful return to the game after several years of retirement.

This race announces the successful return of Johnson, who has been out of the international scene for almost two years.

emotional, happy, nostalgic

The photos were taken during his nostalgic return to Redwood Creek.

dramatic
miraculous

Today, the whole village celebrates Elizabeth's miraculous return.

VERB + RETURN
make

Shevchenko made an emotional return to his former team.

mark

The victory marked Williams's return to top form.

herald, signal

The takeover heralded a return to a strong central administration.

await, wait for
anticipate, expect

The cooperative anticipates a return to profitability later in the year.

announce
greet (esp. BrE)

The smell of cooking greeted his return home.

welcome

Thousands will welcome the return of this national treasure.

celebrate
facilitate

The organization facilitates the return of refugees and displaced persons.

delay
request
demand

He demanded the return of his money.

advocate, support

a cult whose members advocated a return to traditional living

seek, want

He continued to seek the return of his property.

call for

The UN continued to call for a return to civilian rule.

RETURN + NOUN
date
flight, journey, trip

When is your return flight?

ticket (= for the return trip)

I lost my return ticket and was stranded in Thailand.

address
envelope
call, phone call

She hoped she'd get a return call soon.

email, message
PREPOSITION
in return (for)

She gave them all the help she could, and asked for nothing in return.

on sb's return

He promised to visit us on his return.

return from

The date of their return from India is a month from now.

return to

Jones is hoping for an early return to racing after her injury.

PHRASES
by return (BrE), by return mail (AmE), by return of post (BrE)

All orders will be sent by return of post/by return mail.

2 (also returns) profit
ADJECTIVE
attractive, big, excellent, good, great, high, maximum, substantial
increasing

increasing returns from educational investment

acceptable (esp. BrE), adequate, decent, fair, healthy, modest, positive, reasonable, solid
disappointing
low, marginal, meagre/meager, negative, poor, small
decreasing, diminishing

the law of diminishing returns

10%, 30%, etc.
total
average

an average return of 16%

economic, financial

They are counting on a big financial return.

overall
investment

They're looking for new sources of investment return.

immediate
fast, quick

The software had to demonstrate a fast return.

early

Venture capitalists currently see few prospects of early returns.

future
long-term, short-term
annual, monthly, etc.
expected, likely, possible, potential, projected
guaranteed

The plan provides a guaranteed return.

gross (esp. BrE)
after-tax, net
actual, real

future real returns from global equities

tax-free (esp. BrE)
risk-adjusted (AmE)
amended (AmE)
annualized (esp. AmE)
shareholder
stock (AmE)
excess (AmE)
VERB + RETURN
achieve, bring, earn, get, make, receive

You should get a good return on this investment.

average

The group has averaged returns of 3.8% a year over the past five years.

boost, enhance, improve, increase, maximize

to maximize returns to shareholders

calculate
expect, forecast, predict

She expects a 100% return within 18 months.

look for, seek

investors seeking better returns in an era of low inflation

deliver, generate, give (sb), offer (sb), produce, provide, realize, show, yield

Gold shares could realize returns of 15% per annum.

The venture yielded a net return of £15 million.

ensure, guarantee

The employer guaranteed a certain return on retirement investment.

represent

These figures represent a return of 8.5% per annum.

RETURN + VERB
increase
decline
RETURN + NOUN
rate (esp. AmE)

We're getting a high return rate.

PREPOSITION
return from

Their goal is to improve economic returns from irrigation.

return on

the return on capital/investment/savings

PHRASES
a rate of return

We're getting a high rate of return.

3 (BrE) ticket to travel to a place and back again ⇨ See also ↑round trip
ADJECTIVE
day, period
business-class, economy, first-class, standard, tourist-class
RETURN + NOUN
ticket
flight, journey
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verb
ADVERB
recently
shortly
promptly

See that the documents are returned promptly, please.

immediately, instantly

His headache returned instantly.

quickly

She quickly returned to the car and sped off.

slowly

My strength was slowly returning to me.

suddenly
gradually
eventually, finally
subsequently

The patient subsequently returned for surgery.

periodically

Her symptoms returned periodically.

frequently
repeatedly

His conversation returns repeatedly to the same subjects.

briefly

Let me return briefly to this question.

safely

Our aircraft all returned safely to their bases.

gladly, happily

Kevin gladly returned her hug.

reluctantly

Charlie reluctantly returned to his seat.

triumphantly

Ali returned triumphantly to boxing in 1970.

unexpectedly

We locked the door in case Mary returned unexpectedly.

voluntarily
forcibly

The asylum seekers are to be forcibly returned to their home countries.

directly

I will have to ask that you return directly to your houses.

home
VERB + RETURN
be due to

She is due to return to school in a week.

be expected to, be likely to, be set to, look set to (BrE)
be allowed to
choose to, decide to, expect to, hope to, intend to, opt to, plan to, vote to, want to, wish to, yearn to
can't wait to

I couldn't wait to return from my travels.

agree to, promise to
prepare to

She was preparing to return to El Salvador.

offer to

I offered to return his Christmas gift to me.

fail to

Suspicions were aroused when he failed to return to work on Monday morning.

not bother to

He hadn't bothered to return her messages.

refuse to

He refused to return our money.

forget to

Don't forget to return his handkerchief.

force sb to

Lack of cash forced her to return to work.

threaten to

the tears that threatened to return

PREPOSITION
from

She had recently returned from Paris.

to

She never returned the book to me.

Return is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑appetite, ↑boat, ↑colour, ↑confidence, ↑echo, ↑exile, ↑expedition, ↑investment, ↑pain, ↑refugee, ↑salmon, ↑sanity, ↑sight, ↑soldier, ↑strength, ↑train, ↑veteran, ↑vision
Return is used with these nouns as the object: ↑acquittal, ↑affection, ↑ball, ↑book, ↑call, ↑compliment, ↑coupon, ↑email, ↑embrace, ↑favour, ↑feeling, ↑fire, ↑form, ↑gaze, ↑greeting, ↑grin, ↑hospitality, ↑immigrant, ↑indictment, ↑kiss, ↑look, ↑love, ↑party, ↑profit, ↑questionnaire, ↑refugee, ↑salute, ↑slip, ↑smile, ↑survey, ↑verdict, ↑wave

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