return

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/rɪˈt3ːrn/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/rɪˈtɝn/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(ri tûrn)


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return
going back
When someone returns to a place, they go back there after they have been somewhere else.
I returned to my hotel.
Mr Platt returned from Canada in 1995.
Be careful
Don't say that someone ‘returns back’ to a place.
Return is a fairly formal word. In conversation and in less formal writing, you usually use go back, come back, or get back.
I went back to the kitchen and poured my coffee.
I have just come back from a trip to Seattle.
I've got to get back to London.
Return is also a noun. When someone goes back to a place, you can refer to their arrival there as their return.
The book was published only after his return to Russia in 1917.
In writing, if you want to say that something happens immediately after someone returns to a place, you can use a phrase beginning with on. For example, you can say ‘On his return to London, he was offered a job’.
On her return she wrote the last paragraph of her autobiography.
giving or putting something back
When someone returns something they have taken or borrowed, they give it back or put it back.
He borrowed my best suit and didn't return it.
We returned the books to the shelf.
Be careful
Don't say that someone ‘returns something back’.
‘bring back’
When people start using a practice or method that was used in the past, don't say that they ‘return’ the practice or method. Say that they bring it back or reintroduce it.
He thought they should bring back hanging as a punishment for murderers.
They reintroduced a scheme to provide housing for refugees.
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