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British English: /rɪˈtəːn/
American English: /rəˈtərn/

Translation of return in Italian:


  • 2 (recurrence, coming back) I'm hoping for a return of the fine weather
    spero che torni il bel tempo
  • 6in return
    in cambio (for di)
  • 8 (in transports) (ticket)
    (biglietto di) andata e ritorno (masculine)
    two returns to Paris
    due biglietti (di) andata e ritorno per Parigi
  • 9 (Theatre) (ticket)
    = biglietto acquistato in prevendita e poi rivenduto al botteghino
    “returns only”
    = esaurito, disponibili solo i biglietti rivenduti al botteghino

also: returns plural noun

  • risultati (masculine)

transitive verb

  • 3 (put back)
    rimettere a posto (file, book)
    to return something to its place
    rimettere qualcosa a posto
  • 5 (give, issue in return)
    ricambiare (greeting, invitation)
    to return the compliment (also humorous) to return the compliment by doing
    ricambiare la gentilezza facendo
    to return the favour
    contraccambiare il favore
    I'll be glad to return the favour
    sarò lieto di contraccambiare
  • 6 (reciprocate)
    ricambiare (love, feelings, affection)
  • 10 (Business)to return details of one's income
    fare la dichiarazione dei redditi
  • 13 (Politics) (elect)
    eleggere (candidate)
    to be returned
    essere eletto
  • 14 (Telecommunications)to return somebody's call
    richiamare qualcuno

intransitive verb

  • 1 (come back)
    ritornare (from da)
    he left never to return
    è partito per sempre
  • 3 (come or go back from abroad)
    ritornare (from da)
  • 4 (get back home) what time did you return?
    a che ora sei rientrato?
  • 6 (recur, come back)
    (symptom, feeling, doubt, days, times, season)


by return of post

a giro di posta

many happy returns!

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