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Pronunciation: /rɪˈtɜːrn; rɪˈtɜːn/

Translation of return in Spanish:

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1.1 (go back) to return (to sth) (to a place) volver* or regresar (a algo) (to former activity, state) volver* (a algo) he returned to Spain volvió or regresó a España they returned home late volvieron or regresaron tarde a casa the series will be returning to our screens soon la serie volverá pronto a nuestras pantallas she never returned to the game nunca volvió a jugar they returned to the task with renewed energy volvieron a la tarea or reanudaron la tarea con renovadas energías to return to what we were saying earlier, … volviendo a lo que decíamos anteriormente, …
    Example sentences
    • When he returned to the living area, his three crewmates had already returned.
    • The band returned to Seattle because Geffen asked them to, so of course I happily returned with them.
    • Every Saturday she returned to the same bench with his lunch, waiting for him to return.
    Example sentences
    • After Alexis' illness passed our lives returned to normal and continued in the same way.
    • So Aileen returns to her old trade, which spirals into violence and tragedy.
    • He returns to flying and a glorious career as a fighter pilot.
    1.2 (reappear) [symptom] volver* a aparecer, presentarse de nuevo; [doubts/suspicions] resurgir* the child's cheerfulness returned el niño recuperó la alegría
    Example sentences
    • The familiar feelings of longing returned, and his heart ached for her.
    • I was almost happy as the familiar hot feeling of anger returned in me like a long lost companion.
    • The feeling returned, of perseverance to love him forevermore.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 (give back) devolver*, regresar (Latin America except Southern Cone/América Latina excepto Cono Sur) , restituir* [formal] to return sth to sb devolverle* or [formal] restituirle* algo a algn, regresarle algo a algn (Latin America except Southern Cone/América Latina excepto Cono Sur) she returned the letter to the file volvió a poner la carta en el archivo 1.2 (reciprocate) [affection] corresponder a; [blow/favor] devolver*; [greeting] devolver*, corresponder a to return sb's call devolverle* la llamada a algn to return fire devolver* el fuego to return good for evil [literary/literario] devolver* bien por mal 1.3 [Sport/Deporte] [ball] devolver*; (in tennis) devolver*, restar (Spain/España)
    Example sentences
    • Batters have three separate ways to return the ball into play.
    • If you missed returning the ball, you were disqualified.
    • The left analogue stick moves your player from left to right and beyond the table - heated rallies often saw us returning the ball from half way across the room.
    1.4 (in cards) devolver*
    Example sentences
    • In fact if you are first or second and your partner is fifth, you might well choose to return a good card to help your partner.
    • One way of cooperating with declarer is by returning the suits which she leads.
    Example sentences
    • Like every date on the tour, when we caught consecutive shows in Memphis and Atlanta, they were sold out, despite some fans having returned their tickets in protest.
    • He returns the computer to the store, and exchanges it for another one.
    • Patrice returns the tissue to Mary - their tears now blended into the same cloth.
  • 2 (reply) [literary/literario] replicar* [literary/literario]
    Example sentences
    • You know how is it like to love someone and not have your feelings returned but you still love that person no matter what.
    • McDonald's didn't return repeated phone calls for this article.
    • He brushed a kiss over Piper's lips which wasn't returned, but he didn't notice.
  • 3 [Law/Derecho] [verdict] emitir the jury returned a verdict of guilty el jurado emitió un veredicto de culpabilidad, el jurado lo ( or la etc) declaró culpable
    Example sentences
    • The jury returned a verdict of manslaughter and Dunphy was sentenced to twelve months' imprisonment.
    • A US judge has dismissed a spamming conviction after concluding that there was no ‘rational basis’ for the jury to return a guilty verdict.
    • The jury returned a so-called ‘special verdict’ of guilty but insane.
  • 4 [Finance] [profit/income] producir*, dar*
    Example sentences
    • Delaney said the FAI would break even this year and return a profit in 2005.
    • In other words, 80 cents in Pepsi profit is returned for every $1 spent on Pepsi advertising.
    • Analysts say they never expected the company, which is faring much better than most dotcoms, to return a profit until 2003.
  • 5 [Politics/Política] 5.1 (British English/inglés británico) (elect) elegir* 5.2 (reelect) [candidate] reelegir*
    Example sentences
    • At the first election for a Legislative Assembly in 1856 he was returned for the electorate of Murrumbidgee.
    • In 1943 the Dublin Labour Party nominated Larkin as a Dáil candidate and he was returned in the election of that year.
    • Clark opened his purse again for the fall elections, determined to elect a legislative majority that would return him to the Senate.


  • 2 (before noun/delante del nombre) 2.1 [journey/flight] de vuelta, de regreso; [ticket/fare] (British English/inglés británico) de ida y vuelta, de viaje redondo (Mexico/México) by return mail (American English/inglés norteamericano) a vuelta de correo 2.2 [Sport/Deporte] de vuelta the return game el partido de vuelta, la revancha
  • 3 3.1 u and c (to owner) devolución (feminine), regreso (masculine) (Latin America except Southern Cone/América Latina excepto Cono Sur) ; (of thing bought) devolución (feminine) thanks for the return of the coat muchas gracias por devolverme or (Latin America except Southern Cone/América Latina excepto Cono Sur) regresarme el abrigo this book is due for return next week hay que devolver or (Latin America except Southern Cone/América Latina excepto Cono Sur) regresar este libro la semana que viene 3.2 countable/numerable (sth given back) devolución (feminine) the show is sold out, but you may be able to get returns (British English/inglés británico) [Theater/Teatro] las localidades están agotadas, pero quizás consigas alguna devolución please place returns here (in library) se ruega dejar aquí los libros devueltos
  • 4 (in phrases/en locuciones) by return (of post) (British English/inglés británico) a vuelta de correo in return a cambio I can offer you nothing in return no te puedo ofrecer nada a cambio in return for sth a cambio de algo they offered him a share in return for his silence le ofrecieron una parte a cambio de su silencio
  • 5 u and c (profit) return (on sth) rendimiento (masculine)(de algo) we expect a good return on our investments esperamos un buen rendimiento de nuestras inversiones the rate of return has been disappointing la tasa de rendimiento ha sido decepcionante the law of diminishing returns la ley de los rendimientos decrecientes we haven't seen much return on our efforts nuestros esfuerzos no se han visto muy recompensados
  • 9 countable/numerable
    (carriage return)
    interlineación (feminine)

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