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return to (someone, something, or some place)

1. To go or travel back to some place or thing. I'd love to return to Japan someday. She has to return to the shop because she forgot to buy milk.
2. To resume some activity or endeavor. I wish you would return to writing. You have such a natural talent for it! I'm dreading returning to work on Monday.
3. To resume a romantic relationship with someone. Sarah returned to her husband after being separated from him for nearly a year. I don't understand why Tom keeps returning to her after she mistreats him like that time and time again.
4. To give someone or something back to another person or thing. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "return" and "to." Make sure you return this book to me soon—I need it for my research paper. The police returned the missing girl to her parents.
5. To put something back in its proper location. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "return" and "to." He examined the people in the picture and then returned it to the mantelpiece. The principal said she was giving the thieves 24 hours to return the school's mascot to its display case before she pursued a criminal investigation.
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return someone or something to someone

to give someone or something back to someone. Please return my tools to me. Would you return my book to me soon?
See also: return
References in classic literature ?
I was fortunate, I think, to return to Phutra at all.
The guards in whose hands I now found myself, upon hearing that I had returned of my own volition to Phutra evidently felt that it would be safe to give me liberty within the building as had been the custom before I had escaped, and so I was told to return to whatever duty had been mine formerly.
And to think that I was risking death to return to him purely from a sense of duty and affection!
tax return to avoid the possibility of being disallowed deductions if later it was determined that they should have filed.
Cummings notes an additional change to the information-gathering and compilation process: gathering the necessary signature information prior to submitting the return to IRS.
The exhibit on page 41 tracks our procedures for preparing a tax return in about 25 steps, including obtaining preliminary client information, setting up a file, getting answers, preparing and reviewing a return, doing a final check, making corrections as needed and sending the return to the client.
If this result is achieved, the assets are generating a sufficient return to fund the company's guaranteed product obligations by assuming risk commensurate with the risk profile of the product liabilities.
any failure that does not prevent or hinder the Internal Revenue Service from processing the return, from correlating the information required to be shown on the return with the information shown on the payee's tax return, or from otherwise putting the return to its intended use.
94-69 are intended to alert the IRS to one or more problem items or positions taken on the return to be examined, with the taxpayer maintaining (at least at the outset of the examination) that its return treatment of the item is correct.
In Miller, the court held that a taxpayer had to have a timely filed return to satisfy the three-year deadline for a refund.
If practitioners transmit an ineligible return to the IRS, the agency will reject it and the taxpayer will ultimately have to file a paper return.
6091, because they mailed their Year 1 return to the examining revenue agent rather than to the appropriate Service Center; thus, they have not properly filed their Year 1 return.