turn back
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turn back(
tuhrn
 
bahk
)
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to retrace one's steps)
a. volver
A storm blew up and the boat had to turn back to port.Se levantó una tormenta y el barco tuvo que volver a puerto.
b. volverse
He turned back to confront the man who was following him.Se volvió para enfrentar al hombre que lo seguía.
c. desandar el camino
I wasn't going to turn back when I was so close to my destination.No iba a desandar el camino cuando estaba tan cerca de mi meta.
d. regresar
We'll have to turn back now. We only hired these kayaks for two hours.Ya tenemos que regresar, alquilamos estos kayaks solo por dos horas.
2. (to return to a previous situation)
a. volverse atrás
It's too late to turn back now. We've invested a lot of money in this project.Ya es demasiado tarde para volverse atrás, hemos invertido mucho dinero en este proyecto.
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
3. (to cause to return)
a. hacer volver
Police turned back demonstrators before they could get to the courthouse.La policía hizo volver a los manifestantes antes de que pudieran llegar al juzgado.
b. hacer regresar
Hundreds of refugees are being turned back at the border.Están haciendo regresar a centenares de refugiados en la frontera.
4. (to reset)
a. retrasar
It will get dark earlier once we turn the clocks back.Oscurecerá más temprano una vez que hayamos retrasado los relojes.
5. (to fold back)
a. doblar
I turned the sheets back to air the bed.Doblé las sábanas para airear la cama.
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turn back
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (general)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
to t somebody backhacer volver a alguien
to t the clocks backatrasar los relojes
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (general)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
he turned backvolvió sobre sus pasos
t back to page 12volvamos a la página 12
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turn back
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
1 (in journey etc) volverse (atrás); desandar el camino
there can be no turning back now ahora no vale volverse atrás
2 (in book) volver
Turn back to the title page of the book
transitive verb
1 (fold) [+bedclothes] doblar
2 (send back) [+person] hacer volver; hacer regresar; devolver; [+vehicle] volver; dar la vuelta a
they were turned back at the frontier en la frontera les hicieron volver or regresar
3 [+clock] retrasar
to turn the clock back
we can't turn the clock back no podemos dar marcha atrás or volver al pasado
No amount of money can turn the clock back and change what happened
to turn the clock back 20 years volver 20 años atrás
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