[syn: returning(a), reversive]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.
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.
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.
5. To go back in thought, narration, or argument. "But to
return to my story." --Fielding.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: tending to return to an earlier state [syn: returning,
2: tending to be turned back [syn: returning(a), reversive]