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To bring, carry, or send back; to restore, redeliver, or replace in the custody of someone. Merchandise brought back to a seller for credit or a refund. The profit made on a sale; the income from an investment. A schedule of information required by some governmental agencies, such as the tax return that must be submitted to the Internal Revenue Service.

The official report made by a court, body of magistrates, or other official board charged with counting votes cast in an election. The redelivery of a writ, notice, or other form of legal process to the court after its proper service on the defendant or after it cannot be served.

For example, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure require a plaintiff to begin an action in federal court by preparing a complaint and giving it to the court. Then the clerk of the court issues a summons and delivers the summons and complaint to a U.S. marshal or a deputy, unless the court designates someone else. That person must take the papers, called legal process, and serve them on the named defendant. The process server must promptly report back to the court the circumstances of the service or the failure to serve the papers.

This report with the process server's signature on it is called the return of service. It recites facts to demonstrate that the defendant has actually been given notice that she is required to appear in court. The failure to make a proper return does not make the service invalid or defeat its effectiveness for starting the lawsuit, but it can be grounds for disciplining the process server. The return is important to the court because it is proof that service was properly made on the correct person and that the action has been legally commenced.


Service of Process.


(Go back), verb backslide, come again, come back, double back, reappear, rebound, recidivate, redire, reenter, reestablish, relapse, resume, retrace one's steps, retreat, retrograde, reverse direction, revert, reverti, revisit


(Refund), verb compensate, give back, make compensation, make good, make reparation, make restitution, pay back, reddere, reimburse, repay, satisfy, settle


(Respond), verb acknowledge, answer, answer back, counter, countercharge, exchange, field questions, give an answer, interchange, make a rebuttal, make a reeoinder, make acknowledgment, react, rebut, reciprocate, recriminate, rejoin, reply, respondere, retaliate, retort, say in reply, surrebut, surrejoin
See also: annuity, answer, bear, benefit, betterment, canvass, commission, compensate, compensation, consideration, continuation, continue, contribute, contribution, discharge, dividend, escheat, fee, indemnification, indemnify, indemnity, output, pay, payment, perquisite, poll, proceed, profit, quit, reaction, rebate, reciprocate, reciprocity, recommit, recompense, reconversion, recoup, recovery, recrudescence, recur, redemption, refund, regress, rehabilitation, reimburse, reinstate, relapse, remand, remunerate, remuneration, rendition, renewal, rent, reparation, repay, repeat, reply, reprisal, requital, response, restitution, resumption, retaliate, retort, retribution, revenue, reversion, revert, revival, reward, salvage, satisfaction, surrender, trover, yield

RETURN, contracts, remedies. Persons who are beyond the sea are exempted from the operation of the statute of limitations of Pennsylvania, and of other states, till after a certain time has elapsed after their returning. As to what shall be considered a return, see 14 Mass. 203; 1 Gall. 342; 3 Johns. 263; 3 Wils. 145; 2 Bl. Rep. 723; 3 Littell's Rep. 48; 1 Harr. & Johns. 89, 350; 17 Mass. 180.

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We had bought three return tickets for Rs42,000 (about Dh2,500) through a travel agent in India.
Virgin Trains, the train operating arm of sir Richard Branson's Virgin empire, and the franchise holder for the West Coast Main Line, has announced that it is offering a number of cheap day return tickets between Glasgow and destinations in the north of England during the middle of July.
I was given Virgin's customers relations number and was told there was no problems with any of their machine and I would have to pay for a new return ticket.
Ahsan said if Musharraf wants he would book his (Musharraf's) return ticket on the same flight which he is taking back to home, but added that he would never represent the former dictator, who is currently on a lecture tour of the US, in a court of law.
On offer this week (May 4, and 5) are return tickets from Abu Dhabi to Bahrain, Damascus, Amman, Beirut and Cairo from AED40, to New Delhi from AED100, and to London Heathrow, Manchester, Munich and Casablanca from AED200.
EUROSTAR are holding return ticket prices to Paris and Brussels at pounds 59 for the sixth year in a row.
We are offering everyone on board a full refund on both legs of their return tickets and a free return ticket for future use.
The losers are those who live closer to the city centre with passengers not only facing a rise in fares but also seeing the end of any concessions for buying a return ticket.
Under point 15, he tells us that the cost of a first-class return ticket from King's Cross to Newcastle is pounds 298.
They have introduced a return ticket for every single location.
Under a local government regulation, a visitor to Batam must produce an identity card, a return ticket and deposited money of 130,000 rupiah (about $14) at least a day before being granted entry to the island.
This year, they could hit the jackpot and land a return ticket for under pounds 100.