JavaScript Reference


The return statement ends function execution and specifies a value to be returned to the function caller.


return [[expression]]; 
The expression to return. If omitted, undefined is returned instead.


When a return statement is called in a function, the execution of this function is stopped. If specified, a given value is returned to the function caller. If the expression is omitted, undefined is returned instead. The following return statements all break the function execution:

return true;
return false;
return x;
return x + y / 3;

Automatic Semicolon Insertion

The return statement is affected by automatic semicolon insertion (ASI). No line terminator is allowed between the return keyword and the expression.

a + b;

is transformed by ASI into:

a + b;

The console will warn "unreachable code after return statement".

Starting with Gecko 40 , a warning is shown in the console if unreachable code is found after a return statement.



The following function returns the square of its argument, x, where x is a number.

function square(x) {
   return x * x;

Interrupt a function

A function immediately stops at the point where return is called.

function counter() {
  for (var count = 1; ; count++) {  // infinite loop
    console.log(count + "A"); // until 5
      if (count === 5) {          
      console.log(count + "B");  // until 4
  console.log(count + "C");  // never appears


// Output:
// 1A
// 1B
// 2A
// 2B
// 3A
// 3B
// 4A
// 4B
// 5A

Returning a function

See also the article about Closures.

function magic(x) {
  return function calc(x) { return x * 42 };

var answer = magic();
answer(1337); // 56154

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