Languages › French How to Say to Return in French Share Flipboard Email Print Hinterhaus Productions/Taxi/Getty Images French Vocabulary Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Updated February 21, 2020 The English verb "to return" has seven (7!) French equivalents: retourner, revenir, rentrer,rendre, rembourser, rapporter, and renvoyer. Of course, this leads to confusion on the part of French students, which I am about to clear up forever. There are many French equivalents because the English verb is very general and can mean different things - to return to a place, to return an item to the store, etc. The French verbs are much more precise, so in order to use the correct one, you need to figure out exactly what you want to say. The first thing to do is decide whether the verb is transitive (requires a direct object [either stated or implied] to complete its meaning) or intransitive (cannot have a direct object). Here are the seven French equivalents of "return." Click transitive or intransitive for detailed explanations and examples of those verbs. Intransitive Transitive retourner to go back rendre to give something back revenir to come back rembourser to return money rentrer to come or go home rapporter to return s.t. to a store renvoyer,retourner to send s.t. back Intransitive Verbs: French Grammar and Pronunciation Glossary Learn How to Conjugate "Rentrer" (to Return) in French French Transitive Verbs How to Conjugate "Retourner" (To Return) in French 5 Ways to Say You're Leaving in French French Verbs That Take 'Être' as Their Auxiliary Verb Auxiliary Verbs: French Grammar and Pronunciation Glossary French Object Pronouns Top 10 Advanced French Mistakes All About the French Regular Verb 'Passer' ('to Pass') French Compound Tenses and Moods All About 'Avoir,' a French Super Verb How to Conjugate the French Verb 'Promettre' French Past Participle: Participe Passé 'Préférer': French Verb Conjugations Overview of the French Causative "le Causatif"