re·​turn·​ee | \ ri-ˌtər-ˈnē How to pronounce returnee (audio) \

Definition of returnee

: one who returns especially : one returning to the U.S. after military service overseas

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One name missing from the list of returnees is host Ryan Seacrest, although EW has learned that an announcement about his return is imminent. Rachel Yang,, "American Idol season 3: Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie will all return as judges," 5 Aug. 2019 Those who are not registered at all could be deported to Syria, where Turkey has set up enclaves for returnees. Umar Farooq, Los Angeles Times, "Anti-refugee sentiment grows in Turkey as government begins to send Syrians back," 25 July 2019 For the returnees, offensive lineman Emil Ekiyor Jr., dropped 11 pounds to 327. Michael Casagrande |,, "Two Alabama freshmen added 31 pounds since signing, other significant weight changes," 20 June 2019 Mexico promised to offer jobs, health care and education for returnees, but has little infrastructure to do so. Washington Post, "Mexico-US tariff deal: Questions, concerns for migration," 8 June 2019 Mexico promised to offer jobs, health care and education for returnees, but has little infrastructure to do so. Peter Orsi And Christopher Sherman,, "After Mexico-U.S. tariff deal, migration experts raise concerns over what it could mean," 8 June 2019 Michigan State has 19, and llinois, after a 4-8 year, has 18 returnees. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Six Gophers football talking points going into Big Ten media days," 17 July 2019 But first and foremost, the hope needs to be that IU has reset itself mentally, and that returnees Rob Phinisee, Devonte Green, Al Durham and De'Ron Davis can take the next step (and stay healthy). Molly Geary,, "Big Ten Offseason Report: Power Rankings and Burning Questions for 2019-20," 16 July 2019 So far, the handling of returnees has been far different from what Donald Trump promised during the Presidential campaign. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "America’s ISIS Members Are Coming Home," 11 June 2019

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1944, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of returnee

: someone who returns to a place or activity especially : someone who returns to a country after being in another country in prison, in military service, etc.

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