a quick example:

```
def multiply(x,y):
return x * y
def add(x, y):
return x + y
def division(x, y):
return x / y
a = multiply(3, 5)
b = add(3, 5)
c = division(a,b)
print c
```

`return`

literally means the function hands you something back. So in `a`

store the result of the multiplication of 3 and 5 (15), in `b`

i store t he result of adding 3 and 5 together (8)

then i divide b by a (16 / 8, which is 2) which i store in c, which i then print (2)

so return literally means the function hands you something back

you can print what a function returns by adding a print statement in front of function or you can store the returned result in a variable, so you could use the result later again (like i did with `a`

and `b`

in my example)

the exercise might print the returned result without adding print in front of the function call, this is not standard outside of codecademy