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Return, vb. 1) intr. a) to come or go back: Ven. 704. Lucr. 321. Lucr. 321 Lucr. 321 Lucr. 321 Sonn. 28, 1. 45, 10. 51, 4. Tp. IV, 98. V, 102. Gent. II, 2, 3. IV, 4, 65. Meas. III, 1, 198. III, 2, 164. III, 2, 164 III, 2, 164 III, 2, 164 Err. I, 2, 14. Err. I, 2, 14 Err. I, 2, 14 II, 1, 1. III, 2, 156. IV, 1, 44. IV, 4, 17. Ado I, 1, 30. Ado I, 1, 30 Ado I, 1, 30 Ado I, 1, 30 LLL III, 70. Mids. III, 2, 172. Merch. I, 2, 111. II, 5, 52. II, 6, 17. V, 34. V, 34 V, 34 As II, 7, 134. V, 4, 180 “(our --ed fortune).” Shr. IV, 1, 85. All's I, 2, 34. Tw. III, 4, 63. H6A I, 4, 23. H8 III, 2, 64. Cor. III, 2, 135. V, 1, 42. Tit. I, 33. Mcb. I, 7, 9. Lr. II, 4, 160. Lr. II, 4, 160 Lr. II, 4, 160 Oth. IV, 3, 8 (I will be -- ed forthwith) etc. etc. “to r. again:” Meas. III, 2, 183. Mids. II, 1, 133. As IV, 3, 100. Tw. III, 4, 264 etc. “to r. back again:” R2 I, 3, 120.
b) to speak again of a subject lost out of sight: “but to r. to the verses,” LLL IV, 2, 156. “but now r. we to the false Duke Humphrey,” H6B III, 1, 322.
c) to come back to a former, and usually a better state: “r., forgetful Muse, and straight redeem in gentle numbers time so idly spent,” Sonn. 100, 5. “if I have ranged, like him that travels I r. again,” 109, 6. “so I r. rebuked to my content,” 119, 13. “r., r., and make thy love amends,” Gent. IV, 2, 99. “r. thee therefore with a flood of tears,” H6A III, 3, 56 (thee for “thou). come, come, r., r., thou wandering lord,” H6A III, 3, 56 “the worst --s to laughter,” Lr. IV, 1, 6. In a bad sense: “to what base uses we may r.” Hml. V, 1, 223. “Alexander --eth into dust,” Hml. V, 1, 223
d) to fall to, to become the share of: “had his necessity made use of me, I would have put my wealth into donation, and the best half should have --ed to him,” Tim. III, 2, 91. “which had --ed to the inheritance of Fortinbras, had he been vanquisher,” Hml. I, 1, 91. “your servants ever have theirs, themselves and what is theirs, in compt, to make their audit at your highness' pleasure, still to r. your own,” Mcb. I, 6, 28.
2) trans. a) to send back: “she --s this ring to you,” Tw. II, 2, 5. “say that Marcius r. me unheard,” Cor. V, 1, 42. “that I --ed you an empty messenger,” Tim. III, 6, 40.
b) to bring back: “r. him here again,” Meas. V, 384. “and this thou didst r. from him, that he did buffet thee,” Err. II, 2, 159. “I might not be admitted, but from her handmaid do r. this answer,” Tw. I, 1, 25. “shall I r. this answer to the king?” H4A IV, 3, 106. “--ed my letter back,” Rom. V, 3, 252.
c) to give back: “see it be --ed,” Gent. I, 2, 46. “send for your ring, I will r. it home,” All's V, 3, 223. “it should be so --ed,” Tw. II, 2, 15. “r. the precedent to these lords again,” John V, 2, 3. “r. an injury,” H5 IV, 7, 189. “these moral laws speak aloud to have her back -- ed,” Troil. II, 2, 186. “till all these mischiefs be --ed again even in their throats,” Tit. III, 1, 274. “I do r. those talents,” Tim. I, 2, 6. “if she will r. me my jewels,” Oth. IV, 2, 201. “if you borrow one another's love for the instant, you may r. it again,” Ant. II, 2, 105.
d) to give in reply or in recompense or retribution: “until it had --ed these terms of treason doubled down his throat,” R2 I, 1, 56. “that thou --est no greeting to thy friends,” I, 3, 254. “caves shall r. your mock in second accent of his ordnance,” H5 II, 4, 125. “tell her I r. great thanks,” H6A II, 2, 51. “answer was --ed that he will come,” II, 5, 20. “who --ed her thanks,” H8 V, 1, 64. “I r. the lie,” Per. II, 5, 57. “which never --s us thanks,” All's I, 1, 200 (== yields, brings in). “prayers and wishes are all I can r.” H8 II, 3, 70. “when for some trifling present you have bid me r. so much,” Tim. II, 2, 146. “she hath received them and --ed me expectations and comforts,” Oth. IV, 2, 191. “I r. those duties back as are right fit,” Lr. I, 1, 99.
e) to answer: “say thus the king --s,” R2 III, 3, 121. “the Dauphin --s us that his powers are yet not ready,” H5 III, 3, 46.
f) to announce, to make known to: “while we r. these dukes what we decree,” R2 I, 3, 122. “r. them we are ready,” Per. II, 2, 4.
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