Definition of unreturned in US English:

unreturned

adjective

  • Not reciprocated or responded to.

    ‘phone calls go unreturned’
    • ‘Bruce and I sent a fax to their management thinking, ‘This'll be the first of a thousand unreturned calls and faxes.’’
    • ‘Calls to Ahmanson's multitude of companies and foundations requesting an interview go unreturned.’
    • ‘Repeated telephone calls to the office of the Taoiseach and Junior Public Enterprise Minister, Joe Jacob yesterday in a bid to clarify the Government's position went unreturned, Mr Walsh said.’
    • ‘There are a lot of things out there, other than unreturned love.’
    • ‘During the earlier part of a band's career, this is a hard slog, with lots of frustrating phone calls and unreturned messages.’
    • ‘She still loved him but she had dealt with unreturned love before.’
    • ‘Apologies to all who have sent us nice messages over the past few months that have gone unreturned.’
    • ‘So far it just a lot of unreturned phone calls, unresponsive board members and disorganized NGOs trying to get me to do their job for them.’
    • ‘This morning I broke my streak of unreturned emails and unanswered phone calls by actually managing to land an interview with a headhunter.’
    • ‘One follow-up to an unreturned phone call is acceptable; two is stalking.’
    • ‘Several calls to his office last week went unreturned and a number of his friends declined to speak to The Sunday Business Post. ‘Sorry,’ said one of his friends before hanging up, ‘but you'd better talk to Ivor.’’
    • ‘Calls to González's office went unreturned; the anti-corruption effort went nowhere.’
    • ‘Repeated calls for an interview with TCU president Peter Mohan went unreturned and general manager Nigel Mahabir is on vacation.’
    • ‘Calls to Meehan for comment went unreturned Thursday, but he told The Washington Post that Ovechkin had made a ‘very difficult decision.’’
    • ‘He chuckled a bit, cleared his throat when the chuckle went unreturned, and concluded, ‘But don't you worry none - we took care of 'em for ya.’’
    • ‘Calls to Doc Watson's management went unreturned by press time.’
    • ‘I wasn't sad about it, but it did give me the urge to write drama plays and heart-breaking stories about unreturned love.’
    • ‘The reporter smiled, satisfied with the answer and while she could have gone further in probing Josselin Lange about her unreturned feelings for Luca Isaacs, she decided that she had more than enough truth to build rumor over.’
    • ‘Virgil turned red, and murmured, ‘Yes I do, but I live everyday with the punishment of the unreturned feeling.’’
    • ‘I have a hundred DVDs that I bought and haven't had time to watch, close to 1,800 unreturned e-mails, and a pile of mail on my desk that I haven't opened since before I left for Prague.’

Pronunciation

unreturned

/ˌənrəˈtərnd//ˌənrəˈtərnd/