return to (someone, something, or some place)

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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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?
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return to some place

to go or come back to some place. When do you plan to return to your home? I will return there when I have finished here.
See also: place, return
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"You say that you returned to Phutra of your own free will, because you think yourself better off here than elsewhere--do you not know that you may be the next chosen to give up your life in the interests of the wonderful scientific investigations that our learned ones are continually occupied with?"
I'm surprised at you, Perry, and if I'd thought for a moment that you cared no more for me than this I should not have returned to chance death at the hands of the Mahars for your sake."
Danglars comprehended the full extent of the wretched fate that overwhelmed Dantes; and, when Napoleon returned to France, he, after the manner of mediocre minds, termed the coincidence, "a decree of Providence." But when Napoleon returned to Paris, Danglars' heart failed him, and he lived in constant fear of Dantes' return on a mission of vengeance.
We worked with him for two days until he got things fairly well started, and then we returned to Fort Dinosaur, as I feared that Bradley might return and be worried by our absence.
It seemed incredible that man could be so perfidious--that we had really seen with our own eyes the thing that we had seen; but when we returned to the fort, the shattered wall gave us ample evidence that there was no mistake.
Mr Jones, being now returned to his own bed (but from whence he returned we must beg to be excused from relating), summoned Partridge from this agreeable company, who, after a ceremonious preface, having obtained leave to offer his advice, delivered himself as follows:--
"Heyday!" says he, "I believe they got into your chamber whether I would or no; for here lies the muff of one of them on the ground." Indeed, as Jones returned to his bed in the dark, he had never perceived the muff on the quilt, and, in leaping into his bed, he had tumbled it on the floor.
This was not however the case at present; for after a long fruitless search, Mr Fitzpatrick returned to the kitchen, where, as if this had been a real chace, entered a gentleman hallowing as hunters do when the hounds are at a fault.
When Bulan returned to consciousness the day was drawing to a close.
The native on shore returned to the long-house without replying.
Twelve years had passed since his body had been found upon the bluff before his cottage overlooking the Hudson, and oft-times during these long years I had wondered if John Carter were really dead, or if he again roamed the dead sea bottoms of that dying planet; if he had returned to Barsoom to find that he had opened the frowning portals of the mighty atmosphere plant in time to save the countless millions who were dying of asphyxiation on that far-gone day that had seen him hurtled ruthlessly through forty-eight million miles of space back to Earth once more.
In December 1994 he returned to JMA $129,000 of independent contractor lees.
After e-filing, an acknowledgement (ACK) file will be returned to you within 48 hours, which will let you know whether the return was accepted or rejected due to errors, the FTB says.
At this point, the file can be returned to its appropriate place.
(Items purchased online may be returned to Nordstrom stores.) In addition, the online and catalog divisions share a pick-pack-and-ship facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
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