return back vs return : Common Errors in English


  • n  document giving the tax collector information about the taxpayer's tax liability
    his gross income was enough that he had to file a tax return
  • n  a coming to or returning home
    on his return from Australia we gave him a welcoming party
  • n  the occurrence of a change in direction back in the opposite direction
  • n  getting something back again
  • n  the act of going back to a prior location
    they set out on their return to the base camp
  • n  the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property
    the average return was about 5%
  • n  happening again (especially at regular intervals)
    the return of spring
  • n  a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)
  • n  the key on electric typewriters or computer keyboards that causes a carriage return and a line feed
  • n  a reciprocal group action
    in return we gave them as good as we got
  • n  a tennis stroke that sends the ball back to the other player
    he won the point on a cross-court return
  • n  (American football) the act of running back the ball after a kickoff or punt or interception or fumble
  • n  the act of someone appearing again
  • v  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
  • v  give back
  • v  go back to a previous state
  • v  go back to something earlier
  • v  bring back to the point of departure
  • v  return in kind
    return a compliment
    return her love
  • v  make a return
    return a kickback
  • v  answer back
  • v  be restored
    Her old vigor returned
  • v  pay back
  • v  pass down
  • v  elect again
  • v  be inherited by
    The land returned to the family
  • v  return to a previous position; in mathematics
    The point returned to the interior of the figure
  • v  give or supply
  • v  submit (a report, etc.) to someone in authority
News & Articles

  • Europe Testing Prototype Mini-Shuttle
    Europe is developing its first spaceship designed to return back through Earth’s atmosphere, a key technology for flying and returning not only experiments, but perhaps eventually people as well. Continue reading ?
    June 20, 2013 - Discovery News

  • Residents anxious to return to Colorado fire zone
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — With evacuees anxious to return, firefighters worked Sunday to dig up and extinguish hot spots to protect homes spared by the most destructive wildfire in Colorado's history.
    June 16, 2013 - Associated Press via Yahoo! News
  • Cueto Solid in Return, Lifts Reds Over Brewers 5-1
    Johnny Cueto pitched six solid innings in his return to Cincinnati's rotation and Jay Bruce homered to lift the Reds to a 5-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.
    June 16, 2013 - New York Times
  • A Return Deferred: Derrick Rose to Play This Summer?
    COMMENTARY | It's not "The Return" that fans so anxiously anticipated all NBA season long, but it looks as though Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose may be ready to play competitive basketball at last. Problem is, there are only three games left in the season (at most) and the Bulls will not be participating in any of them. So, if Rose is looking to play games against NBA-level talent ...
    June 15, 2013 - Yahoo! Contributor Network via Yahoo! Sports