Return


Return
The change in the value of a portfolio over an evaluation period, including any distributions made from the portfolio during that period. The New York Times Financial Glossary

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I. return re‧turn 1 [rɪˈtɜːn ǁ -ɜːrn] verb
1. [transitive] FINANCE if an investment returns a particular amount of money, that is the amount of profit it makes:

• This high-performing fund has returned 20.8% a year on average over the past decade.

2. [transitive] COMMERCE to take a product back to the shop you bought it from to get your money back, or to get other goods in exchange for it:

• Any product purchased from Milo may be returned for a full refund.

3. [intransitive] to go back to a previous activity or state:
return to

• The mine returned to production in November.

• The striking teachers have now returned to work.

4. [transitive] if you return a telephone call, you telephone someone because they have telephoned you:

• The minister didn't return a call asking for comments on the crisis.

5. return a cheque BANKING FINANCE if a bank returns a cheque, it refuses to pay it because there is not enough money in the account to do so; = BOUNCE:

• If we have to return a cheque, a charge of £15 will be made.

6. return a verdict LAW if a jury in a law case returns its verdict, it says whether it thinks someone is guilty or not
  [m0] II. return return 2 noun
1. [countable, uncountable] FINANCE ACCOUNTING the amount of profit made from an investment:

• British government bonds have produced a total return of 8.52% so far this month.

• a slump affecting the returns from investment

acˌcounting ˌrate of reˈturn abbreviation ARR accounting rates of return PLURALFORM [countable, uncountable]
ACCOUNTING FINANCE the amount of profit made from an investment, measured as a percentage of the value of the assets used in the investment
ˌgross reˈturn [countable, uncountable] ACCOUNTING FINANCE TAX
the amount an investment produces before tax is taken off:

• Interest is taxable, so the bond's 7% gross return would be worth 5.6% or 4.2%, depending on the tax rate.

inˌternal ˌrate of reˈturn internal rates of return PLURALFORM abbreviation IRR [countable, uncountable] ACCOUNTING FINANCE
a measure of the value of an investment, expressed as a percentage and calculated by comparing the profit in a year with the amount that was originally invested:

• The average internal rate of return for the industry is 6.6%.

ˌnet reˈturn [countable, uncountable] ACCOUNTING FINANCE TAX
the amount received from a company's activities, an investment etc, after costs have been taken away:

• The higher the total expenses of the fund, the lower the net return to investors.

ˌrate of reˈturn rates of return PLURALFORM [countable] ACCOUNTING FINANCE
the amount of profit that a particular investment will make, expressed as a percentage:

• a guaranteed rate of return of 7%

2. [singular, uncountable] when someone or something goes back to a previous activity or state:

• Favorable government rates have aided the company's return to profitability.

• the return of petroleum prices to the highest levels since mid-February

3. [countable] TAX an official form that is filled in and sent to the tax authorities so they can calculate how much tax is owed:

• Over 12.2 million taxpayers filed federal returns electronically this year.

• allegations that the company had falsified its corporate tax return

ˌannual reˈturn [countable]
LAW an official statement signed by the directors and secretary of a limited company in Britain, containing details of the company's shares and assets, which must be sent once a year to the Registrar of Companies:

• Every company is required to file an annual return.

4. [uncountable] COMPUTING the button that is pressed on a computer keyboard when you have finished typing an instruction; = ENTER:

• Enter the filename and press Return.

5. also ˈproduct reˌturn [countable] COMMERCE the act of taking or sending back a product you have bought, in order to get your money back or to get other goods in exchange:

• We accept any return for any reason and will refund or replace the product.

• Our customer service department deals with product returns.

  [m0] III. return return 3 adjective
return ticket/​fare etc a ticket etc that allows you to travel to a place and back again; = round-trip ticket/​fare AmE:

• The package includes the return air fare from the UK and accommodation.

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return UK US /rɪˈtɜːn/ verb
[T] ACCOUNTING, FINANCE if a business or an investment returns an amount of money, it produces a profit: »

Last year all 60 branches of the business returned a profit.

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The account is low-risk but returns just 0.5% interest.

[T] COMMERCE to take or send a product back to the company that sold it to you. You usually do this if you want them to replace the product or to give you back your money: »

Customers who return goods must present a receipt to get cash or credit.

[T] to give back money that will not be used or that should not have been paid: »

If the sale does not go through, the agent is obliged by law to return the deposit.

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The department will return any overpayment or set it against your next tax bill.

[T] to phone someone who has called you earlier: »

I left several messages on his answer-phone, but he never returned my call.

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He did not return the multiple messages left on his cell phone.

[I] to go back to an earlier situation or to start doing something again: return to sth »

The refinery may not return to full production until later in the summer.

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Most women return to work at the end of their maternity leave.

return to growth/profit »

The business is expected to return to growth next year.

return a cheque — Cf. return a cheque
return a verdict — Cf. return a verdict
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return UK US /rɪˈtɜːn/ noun
[C or U] ACCOUNTING, FINANCE the amount of profit made by an investment or a business activity: »

The program guarantees lenders a return of 10% interest.

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A fixed-rate investment will give you below-average returns.

return on sth »

We need to monitor our return on advertising.

make/see a return (on sth) »

They need to charge prices of over $20 a barrel in order to make a return.

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If the market improves, we can make a return of $10,000 on our investment.

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a positive/negative return

a good/high return »

I want an investment which offers a good return.

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a low/modest return

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produce/offer/yield a return

[C or U] COMMERCE a product that is returned to a company because the buyer is not satisfied with it, or the act of returning products to a company: »

An error in the manufacturing process led to hundreds of returns from dissatisfied customers.

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Check that there is a return policy in case there is a problem with the goods that you buy.

[C] (also tax return) TAX an official document with details of your income that you send to the government tax department each year so that income tax can be calculated: »

It is possible to file your return online.

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When you have submitted your return, the Revenue promises you instant acknowledgement of its receipt.

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complete/do your return

[C or U] a situation in which someone or something goes back to an earlier position or activity: »

a return to profit/growth/stability

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The last year has seen a return to normal in the banking sector.

[U] (also return key) IT the key on a computer keyboard that you press to give an instruction, or to start a new line in a document: »

Type in your name and then press return.

See also ENTER(Cf. ↑enter)
(UK also return ticket) TRANSPORT a ticket for a journey to a place and back again: return to somewhere »

I need a return to Kings Cross Station.

Compare SINGLE(Cf. ↑single) noun
by return (of post) — Cf. by return of post
See also ACCOUNTING RATE OF RETURN(Cf. ↑accounting rate of return), ANNUAL RETURN(Cf. ↑annual return), GROSS RETURN(Cf. ↑gross return), INTERNAL RATE OF RETURN(Cf. ↑internal rate of return), LAW OF DIMINISHING RETURNS(Cf. ↑law of diminishing returns), NET RETURN(Cf. ↑net return), PRODUCT RETURN(Cf. ↑product return), RATE OF RETURN(Cf. ↑rate of return), SALE OR RETURN(Cf. ↑sale or return)
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return UK US /rɪˈtɜːn/ adjective
UK TRANSPORT relating to a journey to a particular place and back again: »

a return journey/ticket/fare

Compare SINGLE(Cf. ↑single) adjective

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