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German - English (British) translations for "zurück"

"zurück" German translation




Zurück is a German adverb that means 'back' or 'returning to a previous state or position'. It can also be used to indicate a reversal of direction or movement.

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Meaning: back

Ich gehe zurück zum Haus.

I am going back to the house.

Meaning: again

Kannst du das noch einmal zurückspulen?

Can you rewind that again?

Meaning: behind

Der Parkplatz befindet sich direkt hinter dem Gebäude.

The parking lot is located directly behind the building.

Meaning: in return

Ich werde dir das Geld zurückgeben, wenn ich es habe.

I will give you the money back when I have it.

Meaning: retrograde

Der Planet bewegt sich rückwärts auf seiner Umlaufbahn zurück.

The planet is moving retrograde on its orbit back.


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A1: Ich bin zurück.

I'm back.

A1: Kannst du bitte zurückkommen?

Can you please come back?

A2: Er ist gestern Abend zurückgekehrt.

He returned yesterday evening.

B1: Sie hat das Buch zurückgegeben.

She returned the book.

B2: Nachdem er den Ball zurückgeschossen hatte, rannte er zum Tor.

After he shot the ball back, he ran towards the goal.

B2: Wir werden erst morgen zurück sein.

We will only be back tomorrow.

C1: Der Dieb warf das gestohlene Geld zurück in den Tresor.

The thief threw the stolen money back into the safe.

C2: Wenn ich die Zeit zurückdrehen könnte, würde ich alles anders machen.

If I could turn back time, I would do everything differently.

C2: Trotz der Schwierigkeiten kämpfte sie sich zurück an die Spitze.

Despite the difficulties, she fought her way back to the top.

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In everyday conversation, zurück is commonly used to express the idea of going back to a previous location or situation. For example, if someone forgets their phone at home and has to return to get it, they might say 'Ich muss zurück nach Hause gehen' (I have to go back home). Similarly, if someone wants to cancel plans they previously made, they might say 'Ich kann leider nicht kommen, ich muss zurückziehen' (I can't come, I have to withdraw).

Zurück can also be used in more abstract contexts. For instance, it can describe a regression or decline in quality or progress. If a company's profits decrease from one year to the next, one might say 'Die Firma ist zurückgegangen' (The company has gone backwards). Additionally, zurück can be used in idiomatic expressions such as 'zurückhaltend sein' (to be reserved) or 'zurückbleiben' (to lag behind).

It's worth noting that zurück is often combined with other words to form compound verbs that convey specific meanings. For example, 'zurückkommen' means 'to come back', while 'zurückgeben' means 'to give back'. These compounds are often irregular and must be memorized separately. Overall, zurück is a versatile adverb that can be used in a variety of situations to indicate a return or reversal.

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