re·tired | \ri-ˈtī(-ə)rd \

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2 : withdrawn from one's position or occupation : having concluded one's working or professional career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, -ˈtī(-ə)rd- \ adverb
retiredness \ri-ˈtī(-ə)rd-nəs \ noun

Examples of retired in a Sentence

hiked out to a retired beach and fished in the surf

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Earlier Monday a group, including a retired state judge and a Native Rights lawyer, held a news conference to discuss the pending Supreme Court nomination. Rachel D'oro, The Seattle Times, "Protesters rally at senator’s office over Supreme Court pick," 9 July 2018 They were mailed to an attorney for The Capital newspaper, a retired judge of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and a Baltimore judge. David Mcfadden, Fox News, "Suspect wrote he aimed to kill everyone at Maryland newsroom," 4 July 2018 They were mailed to an attorney for The Capital newspaper, a retired judge of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, and a Baltimore judge. David Mcfadden,, "Suspect wrote he aimed to kill everyone at Maryland newsroom," 3 July 2018 AlJohara al-Wabli, 54 years old, a retired educator, drives for the first time early on Sunday in Qassim, Saudi Arabia. Margherita Stancati And Donna Abdulaziz, WSJ, "Saudi Women Drive Toward More Equality After Ban Is Lifted," 25 June 2018 Barbara Jones, the retired judge named to help in the document review process, recommended that the judge overseeing the case extend the deadline to June 25. Bob Van Voris,, "Cohen Lawyers May Get 10 More Days to Review Seized Documents," 15 June 2018 Cohen has until June 25 to review the materials and make any claims of attorney-client privilege; after that, any messages he claims are protected will be reviewed by the Special Master, retired federal judge Barbara Jones. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "FBI recovers WhatsApp, Signal data stored on Michael Cohen’s BlackBerry," 15 June 2018 Jill Dunphy, a 66-year-old retired educator and now part-time yoga instructor, got more involved in community organizing after the November 2016 election. Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press, "Detective fights racism in suburb where shots were fired at black kid," 10 June 2018 Wood appointed an outside, independent arbiter, retired federal judge Barbara Jones, to make the call on that question. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "Why Michael Cohen and Michael Avenatti Both Had a Bad Day in Court," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of retired

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of retired was in 1585

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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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