re·​tired | \ ri-ˈtī(-ə)rd How to pronounce retired (audio) \

Definition of retired

1 : secluded a retired village
2 : withdrawn from one's position or occupation : having concluded one's working or professional career
3 : received by or due to one in retirement

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Other Words from retired

retiredly \ ri-​ˈtī-​rəd-​lē How to pronounce retiredly (audio) , -​ˈtī(-​ə)rd-​ \ adverb
retiredness \ ri-​ˈtī(-​ə)rd-​nəs How to pronounce retiredness (audio) \ noun

Examples of retired in a Sentence

hiked out to a retired beach and fished in the surf

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Another investigator, retired federal judge Barbara Jones, took on the task of laying out the larger context of the league’s gross mishandling of the Rice case apart from the tiny, exculpating factoid that Mr. Mueller was assigned to document. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "What Mueller Won’t Say," 26 Mar. 2019 The retired firefighter has spent $30,000 to $35,000 on the vehicles. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "Steve McQueen’s Ford Mustang, star of famed car-chase scene in ‘Bullitt,’ pulls into Tacoma," 8 Dec. 2018 Robert Marchisello, a retired Philadelphia firefighter, kept journal entries of every shift of his 37-year career and used them to write a book, A Firefighter’s Journal. Stephanie Farr,, "Old City busker promotes love with his signs and his sax, Miss Nasty | We the People," 3 July 2018 Teresa Shook, a retired lawyer in Hawaii, made a post in Pantsuit Nation, a Facebook group for supporters of Hillary Clinton, suggesting a march. Anna North, Vox, "The Women’s March changed the American left. Now anti-Semitism allegations threaten the group’s future.," 21 Dec. 2018 What happens when a longshoreman from Windsor, a retired lawyer from Oakland and a car dealer from Fairfield walk onto a golf course in Colorado Springs? Ron Kroichick,, "Bay Area amateurs to tee off in U.S. Senior Open," 27 June 2018 The bride’s father is a retired lawyer in Wallingford. New York Times, "Molly Monahan, David Grunner," 10 June 2018 The retired warehouse worker has had unsteady years of late. Joe Mozingo,, "One of L.A.'s oldest community gardens thrived for decades. Then the water wars began.," 4 June 2018 Gwendolyn Sims, 66, a retired legal secretary in Chicago, was one of 16 women to complete the 20-week course of exercises. Lisa Ward, WSJ, "The Benefit of Facial Exercises," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of retired

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of retired

: not working anymore : having ended your working or professional career


re·​tired | \ ri-ˈtīrd\

Kids Definition of retired

: not working at active duties or business a retired teacher

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