"returning" in the verb sense
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"
2. render, return
3. revert, return, retrovert, regress, turn back
go back to a previous state
"We reverted to the old rules"
4. hark back, return, come back, recall
go back to something earlier
"This harks back to a previous remark of his"
5. return, take back, bring back
bring back to the point of departure
return in kind
"return a compliment"
"return her love"
make a return
"return a kickback"
8. retort, come back, repay, return, riposte, rejoin
9. come back, return
"Her old vigor returned"
10. refund, return, repay, give back
"Please refund me my money"
11. render, deliver, return
"render a verdict"
"deliver a judgment"
12. reelect, return
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"
return to a previous position in mathematics
"The point returned to the interior of the figure"
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"
submit (a report, etc.) to someone in authority
"submit a bill to a legislative body"
"returning" in the adjective sense
1. returning, reverting
tending to return to an earlier state
2. returning, reversive
tending to be turned back
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