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Returning definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

RETURN'ING, ppr. Giving, carrying or sending back; coming or going back; making report.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: tending to return to an earlier state [syn: returning, reverting]
2: tending to be turned back [syn: returning, reversive]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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. On their embattled ranks the waves return. --Milton. If they returned out of bondage, it must be into a state of freedom. --Locke. Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. --Gen. iii. 19. 2. To come back, or begin again, after an interval, regular or irregular; to appear again. With the year Seasons return; but not me returns Day or the sweet approach of even or morn. --Milton. 3. To speak in answer; to reply; to respond. He said, and thus the queen of heaven returned. --Pope. 4. To revert; to pass back into possession. And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David. --1Kings xii. 26. 5. To go back in thought, narration, or argument. ``But to return to my story.'' --Fielding.


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