• (British) IPA: /ɹɪˈtəːnd/
  • (America) IPA: /ɹɪˈtɝnd/
  1. Simple past tense and past participle of return


  1. Bent back; angled. [from 15th c.]
  2. That has come back. [from 16th c.]
  3. (finance) Yielded as a return on an investment etc. [From 17th c.]
  4. (US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand) Back home having been discharged from military service. [from 19th c.]
    • 1941, Pearl Gibbs, radio broadcast, in Heiss & Minter, Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature, Allen & Unwin 2008, p. 38:
      There are about thirty full-blooded returned men in this state whom I believe are not entitled to the old-age pension.

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