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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
Never in all my life have I heard of a prisoner returning to the Mahars of his own free will.
Ja did his best to dissuade me from returning to Phutra, but when he saw that I was determined to do so, he consented to guide me to a point from which I could see the plain where lay the city.
They traveled in this way through the east of the Union, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire; the north and west by New York, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin; returning to the south by Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana; they went to the southeast by Alabama and Florida, going up by Georgia and the Carolinas, visiting the center by Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, and Indiana, and, after quitting the Washington station, re-entered Baltimore, where for four days one would have thought that the United States of America were seated at one immense banquet, saluting them simultaneously with the same hurrahs!
He was induced to this by the report of the hostler, who said that the horse which Mr Maclachlan had hired from Worcester would be much more pleased with returning to his friends there than to prosecute a long journey; for that the said horse was rather a two-legged than a four-legged animal.
His small woodcraft and little experience in travelling resulted in his becoming completely confused, so that instead of returning to the spot where he had last seen the girl, as he wished to do, he bore far to the northeast of the place, and missed entirely the path which von Horn and his Dyaks had taken from the long-house into the jungle and back.
Tranquillity is returning to this capital and order is being restored in it.