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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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Return ticket prices to Delhi and Mumbai start at KWD19 (around AED240), and for Chennai and Kochi at KWD29 (AED366).
An internet search yesterday revealed return tickets from Paris to Strasbourg - only a little longer than the 290-mile GNER route - cost just pounds 42.
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.
We checked the prices of 10 economy-class return tickets from Britain to New York, Chicago, Vancouver, Sydney and Auckland.
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The October edition of the campaign will give NBAD MasterCard cardholders the chance to win a luxurious BMW car and 24 return tickets to one of the world's most popular tourist destinations.
The Card offers facilities such as an opportunity to receive 3,000 JPMiles and Rs 750 discount voucher on booking of return tickets on the airline's website; 2,000 JPMiles on renewal and Rs 750 discount voucher on booking of return tickets online; two JPMiles on every Rs 150 spent on purchases at retail outlets and online stores; and four JPMiles on every Rs 150 spent on any purchase on the airline's website or on jetkonnect.
The regular day-and-night direct routes to the French ski towns of Moutiers, Aime-La-Plagne and Bourg St Maurice start on December 21 (overnight) and run until April 13 with return tickets from PS149.
The new scheme, launched yesterday, brings together four companies who will work together to provide those with valid return tickets between the two locations more flexibility on how to get back to their original destination.
KARACHI, July 04, 2009 (Balochistan Times) -- Over 800 Pakistanis, who went to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah have been betrayed by Travel Agent Mafia working in Pakistan, as the money of their return tickets have been refunded here in Pakistan, leaving them in the lurch in Saudi Arabia.