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Both seem to be perfective and mean "to return".

I saw more verbs that have -ться counter parts.

What is the difference ?
What meaning does "-ться“ carry ?

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Вернуть is to return as in give something back. Вернуться is to return as in come back.

-ся (which becomes -сь after a vowel, except in adjectival participles) is simply the reflexive particle. Вернуться is literally "to return oneself".

-ться is, grammatically, just the sum of its parts (infinitive -ть + reflexive -ся); phonetically, though, it's notable for its irregular non-palatalised pronunciation, e.g. напиться rhymes perfectly with пицца. Moreover, -ться is identical in pronunciation to the third-person present -тся, resulting in perhaps the most commonplace of spelling mistakes made by Russians, a sort of cultural equivalent of "your"/"you're".

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    an oldie but goldie: "Здесь хорошо спиться." "-тся." "-ться."
    – Quassnoi
    Jun 23 '15 at 14:57
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Consider "I return" (or "I'll be back") = "Я вернусь" vs "Return it to sender" = "Вернуть отправителю".

"-ся" is the reflexive particle much like one in German/Italian/Spanish etc. You may treat "вернуться" as "return oneself" although hardly anyone says so in English.

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Compare:

"Я должен вернуть долг. Скоро заканчивается его срок."

"Я хочу вернуть книгу."

"Она хотела вернуть любовь."

and:

"Я должен вернуться домой. Забыл ключи от гаража."

"Мы можем вернуться к первому вопросу из списка."

"Они собрались вернуться на корабль."

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