The total earnings (which are calculated by percentage) on an investment over a financial year is called Return.

According to Khan and Jain,” The  return on an asset for a given period say a year is the annual income received plus any change in market price, usually expressed as a percent of the opening market price.”

According to L.J. Gitman,” The return is the total gain or loss experienced on an investment over a period of time.”

Return is the payments to the owner of a security plus the change in the security’s value, expressed as a fraction of its purchase price. More precisely called the rate of return.

Webster Dictionary Meaning

1. Return
- The act of returning (intransitive), or coming back to the same place or condition; as, the return of one long absent; the return of health; the return of the seasons, or of an anniversary.
- The act of returning (transitive), or sending back to the same place or condition; restitution; repayment; requital; retribution; as, the return of anything borrowed, as a book or money; a good return in tennis.
- That which is returned.
- A payment; a remittance; a requital.
- An answer; as, a return to one's question.
- An account, or formal report, of an action performed, of a duty discharged, of facts or statistics, and the like; as, election returns; a return of the amount of goods produced or sold; especially, in the plural, a set of tabulated statistics prepared for general information.
- The profit on, or advantage received from, labor, or an investment, undertaking, adventure, etc.
- The continuation in a different direction, most often at a right angle, of a building, face of a building, or any member, as a molding or mold; -- applied to the shorter in contradistinction to the longer; thus, a facade of sixty feet east and west has a return of twenty feet north and south.
- The rendering back or delivery of writ, precept, or execution, to the proper officer or court.
- The certificate of an officer stating what he has done in execution of a writ, precept, etc., indorsed on the document.
- The sending back of a commission with the certificate of the commissioners.
- A day in bank. See Return day, below.
- An official account, report, or statement, rendered to the commander or other superior officer; as, the return of men fit for duty; the return of the number of the sick; the return of provisions, etc.
- The turnings and windings of a trench or mine.
2. Return
- To turn back; to go or come again to the same place or condition.
- To come back, or begin again, after an interval, regular or irregular; to appear again.
- To speak in answer; to reply; to respond.
- To revert; to pass back into possession.
- To go back in thought, narration, or argument.
3. Return
- To bring, carry, send, or turn, back; as, to return a borrowed book, or a hired horse.
- To repay; as, to return borrowed money.
- To give in requital or recompense; to requite.
- To give back in reply; as, to return an answer; to return thanks.
- To retort; to throw back; as, to return the lie.
- To report, or bring back and make known.
- To render, as an account, usually an official account, to a superior; to report officially by a list or statement; as, to return a list of stores, of killed or wounded; to return the result of an election.
- Hence, to elect according to the official report of the election officers.
- To bring or send back to a tribunal, or to an office, with a certificate of what has been done; as, to return a writ.
- To convey into official custody, or to a general depository.
- To bat (the ball) back over the net.
- To lead in response to the lead of one's partner; as, to return a trump; to return a diamond for a club.
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