Return (to come back) – revenir
He was told he had to return (come back) to shore as the rowing boat's veneer (revenir) began to peel off.
NOTE: There are five different French words that mean "return": revenir, retourner, rentrer, rendre and rembourser.
Which one you need depends on what or where you are returning. The French use revenir to mean come back - for example, when the speaker is asking when another person or thing will return. For example, this translation for return would be used if someone in an office wanted to say to a colleague off site: "When will you return to the office?"