Quick answer
"De ida" is a phrase which is often translated as "outward", and "vuelta" is a noun which is often translated as "turn". Learn more about the difference between "de ida" and "vuelta" below.
de ida(
deh
 
ee
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dah
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (used to refer to the trip)
a. outward
No sé por qué, el viaje de ida siempre se me hace más corto que el de vuelta.I don't know why the outward trip always appears to be shorter than the return trip.
b. there
Paso muchas horas al día en la carretera, porque no son solo los 40 km de ida, sino también los 40 km de vuelta.I spend many hours a day on the road, because it's not just the 40 km there, but also the 40 km back.
2. (used to refer to the ticket)
a. one-way
El pasaje de ida cuesta $187, y el de ida y vuelta $220.A one-way ticket is $187, and a round-trip ticket is $220.
b. single (United Kingdom)
He comprado solo un boleto de ida, porque no sé cuándo volveré.I've only bought a single ticket, because I don't know when I'll be coming back.
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vuelta(
bwehl
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tah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (rotation)
a. turn
Hay que darle una vuelta más a la llave.You have to give the key another turn.
b. revolution
La Tierra da una vuelta sobre su eje en unas 24 horas.The Earth makes one revolution on its axis in about 24 hours.
2. (reverse)
a. back
Por favor, usa la vuelta de la hoja también.Please use the back of the page as well.
b. other side
La firma está a la vuelta de la tarjeta.The signature is on the other side of the card.
3. (act of returning)
a. return
¿Cómo piensan pagar el viaje de vuelta?How do you plan to pay for the return trip?
4. (short excursion)
a. stroll
Los domingos después de comer vamos a dar una vuelta.After lunch on Sundays, we go for a stroll.
b. walk
Acompáñame a dar la vuelta a la manzana.Come take a walk around the block with me.
c. ride
Jacobo salió a dar la vuelta en su cuatrimoto.Jacobo went for a ride on his ATV.
5. (on a road)
a. bend
¡Cuántas vueltas tiene esta carretera!This road has lots of bends!
6. (sports)
a. lap
Debes correr cinco vueltas de la pista en esta carrera.You need to run five laps of the track in this race.
b. round
¿Quieres jugar una vuelta de golf este jueves?Do you want to play a round of golf this Thursday?
7. (coins)
a. change
Puedes quedarte con la vuelta.You can keep the change.
8. (drinks)
a. round
Yo invito a la primera vuelta.The first round's on me.
9. (politics)
a. round
Recibió el 40 % de los votos en la primera vuelta de elecciones.He got 40% of the vote in the first round of elections.
10. (knitting or sewing)
a. cuff
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
El hilo morado que se usó para coser la vuelta de la camisa azul le da un toque de intriga.The purple thread used to sew the cuff on the blue shirt adds a touch of intrigue.
b. turn-up (United Kingdom)
Quiero una vuelta de unos tres centímetros en mis pantalones.I like a turn-up of about three centimeters on my trousers.
c. row (United Kingdom)
El cojín tiene varias vueltas de diferentes colores.The cushion has several rows of different colors.
11. (nautical)
a. loop
Ata un extremo dos veces y haz dos vueltas al anillo.Tie one end together twice and tie two loops to the ring.
12. (end)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
A la vuelta de siete meses de vivir en la calle, por fin encontró trabajo.After seven months of living on the streets, he finally found a job.
Nos casamos y a la vuelta de tres años tuvimos nuestro primer bebé.We got married and three years later we had our first baby.
vueltas
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
13. (complications) (Southern Cone)
a. difficult
No entiendo a este pibe. Tiene tantas vueltas.I don't get this guy. He's so difficult.
14. (coins)
Regionalism used in Colombia
(Colombia)
a. change
Si compras chicle por 1,500 pesos y pagas con un billete de 2,000, deben darte 500 de vueltas.If you buy gum for 1,500 pesos and pay with a 2,000 peso bill, they should give you 500 in change.
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