Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb return

16 senses of return

Sense 1
return -- (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")
       => travel, go, move, locomote -- (change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect"; "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell"; "news travelled fast")

Sense 2
render, return -- (give back; "render money")
       => give -- (transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody; "I gave her my money"; "can you give me lessons?"; "She gave the children lots of love and tender loving care")

Sense 3
revert, return, retrovert, regress, turn back -- (go back to a previous state; "We reverted to the old rules")
       => change by reversal, turn, reverse -- (change to the contrary; "The trend was reversed"; "the tides turned against him"; "public opinion turned when it was revealed that the president had an affair with a White House intern")

Sense 4
hark back, return, come back, recall -- (go back to something earlier; "This harks back to a previous remark of his")
       => denote, refer -- (have as a meaning; "`multi-' denotes `many' ")

Sense 5
return, take back, bring back -- (bring back to the point of departure)
       => bring, convey, take -- (take something or somebody with oneself somewhere; "Bring me the box from the other room"; "Take these letters to the boss"; "This brings me to the main point")

Sense 6
return -- (return in kind; "return a compliment"; "return her love")
       => reciprocate -- (act, feel, or give mutually or in return; "We always invite the neighbors and they never reciprocate!")

Sense 7
return -- (make a return; "return a kickback")
       => transport, carry -- (move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body; "You must carry your camping gear"; "carry the suitcases to the car"; "This train is carrying nuclear waste"; "These pipes carry waste water into the river")

Sense 8
retort, come back, repay, return, riposte, rejoin -- (answer back)
       => answer, reply, respond -- (react verbally; "She didn't want to answer"; "answer the question"; "We answered that we would accept the invitation")

Sense 9
come back, return -- (be restored; "Her old vigor returned")
       => reappear, re-emerge -- (appear again; "The sores reappeared on her body"; "Her husband reappeared after having left her years ago")

Sense 10
refund, return, repay, give back -- (pay back; "Please refund me my money")
       => pay -- (give money, usually in exchange for goods or services; "I paid four dollars for this sandwich"; "Pay the waitress, please")

Sense 11
render, deliver, return -- (pass down; "render a verdict"; "deliver a judgment")
       => communicate, pass on, pass, pass along, put across -- (transmit information ; "Please communicate this message to all employees"; "pass along the good news")

Sense 12
reelect, return -- (elect again)
       => elect -- (select by a vote for an office or membership; "We elected him chairman of the board")

Sense 13
fall, return, pass, devolve -- (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")
       => change hands, change owners -- (be transferred to another owner; "This restaurant changed hands twice last year")

Sense 14
return -- (return to a previous position; in mathematics; "The point returned to the interior of the figure")
       => return -- (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")

Sense 15
render, yield, return, give, generate -- (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")
       => produce, make, create -- (create or manufacture a man-made product; "We produce more cars than we can sell"; "The company has been making toys for two centuries")

Sense 16
return -- (submit (a report, etc.) to someone in authority; "submit a bill to a legislative body")
       => submit, subject -- (refer for judgment or consideration; "The lawyers submitted the material to the court")

Antonyms of adj returning

2 senses of returning

Sense 1
returning, reverting -- (tending to return to an earlier state)

INDIRECT (VIA regressive) -> progressive -- (favoring or promoting progress; "progressive schools")

Sense 2
returning (prenominal), reversive -- (tending to be turned back)

INDIRECT (VIA backward) -> forward -- (at or near or directed toward the front; "the forward section of the aircraft"; "a forward plunge down the stairs"; "forward motion")

Similarity of adj returning

2 senses of returning

Sense 1
returning, reverting -- (tending to return to an earlier state)
       => regressive (vs. progressive) -- (opposing progress; returning to a former less advanced state)

Sense 2
returning (prenominal), reversive -- (tending to be turned back)
       => backward (vs. forward) -- (directed or facing toward the back or rear; "a backward view")

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