plural IRAs
: a retirement savings account in which income taxes on certain deposits and on all gains are deferred until withdrawals are made


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Irish Republican Army

Examples of IRA in a Sentence

Abbreviation a representative of the IRA
Recent Examples on the Web
This past year, 22% of first-time buyers borrowed from their 401(k), stocks, IRA, pension, and/or cryptocurrency to enter the housing market, Lautz says. Sydney Lake, Fortune, 14 Nov. 2023 The Biden administration’s Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) aims to spur homegrown EV factories and a battery supply chain through the carrot of consumer and manufacturer incentives. IEEE Spectrum, 8 Nov. 2023 Images: Reuters/AFP/Getty Images Composite: Mark Kelly President Biden has set an ambitious and laudable goal of reducing cancer mortality by half within 25 years, yet the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is working at cross purposes with that goal. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 2 Nov. 2023 That higher rate might nudge you toward more tax-efficient vehicles to contain your gold allocation, such as an individual retirement account, IRA, as opposed to your taxable brokerage account. Chris Taylor,, 25 Oct. 2023 The passage of the IRA now has that figure rising to 50 percent. Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 25 Oct. 2023 Research from the Rocky Mountain Institute suggests the IRA will encourage green steel investments that would, by 2030, produce about eight million tons of low-carbon steel, or nearly 10% of U.S. steel demand. Yusuf Khan, WSJ, 24 Oct. 2023 Last year, Congress passed one of the largest spending packages ever for climate change with the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). Paolo Confino, Fortune, 16 Oct. 2023 On one track, British policy was focused on establishing a large security presence and arresting or killing members of the provisional Irish Republican Army and other paramilitary groups; the British objective was to signal that violence would fail, that the IRA could not shoot its way to power. Richard Haass, Foreign Affairs, 15 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History



initialism from individual retirement account or individual retirement arrangement

First Known Use


1974, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of IRA was in 1974

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“IRA.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Legal Definition

: an account in which a person may deposit up to a stipulated amount each year and that is not taxable until retirement or early withdrawal

Note: Deposits to an IRA may not be completely or partially deductible from adjusted gross income if one's income exceeds a set level.



individual retirement account

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