re·​tired ri-ˈtī(-ə)rd How to pronounce retired (audio)
: secluded
a retired village
: withdrawn from one's position or occupation : having concluded one's working or professional career
: received by or due to one in retirement
ri-ˈtī-rəd-lē How to pronounce retired (audio)
retiredness noun

Examples of retired in a Sentence

hiked out to a retired beach and fished in the surf
Recent Examples on the Web Like Dench, Smith's first nomination came in the retired category of Most Promising Newcomer to Film. Wesley Stenzel,, 14 Feb. 2024 Jonathan Needham, a 54-year-old retired tree surgeon, found the artifact on May 6, 2022—the same day as Charles III’s coronation. Julia Binswanger, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Feb. 2024 Frank Ricci is a labor fellow at the Yankee Institute, past president of the New Haven, Conn., local of the International Association of Fire Fighters union, and a retired battalion chief. Bryce Chinault, National Review, 13 Feb. 2024 The Academy-Award-winning actor and his younger siblings were born to William Pitt, a former owner of a trucking company, and Jane Pitt, a retired school counselor. Skyler Trepel, Peoplemag, 10 Feb. 2024 Eleven candidates are on the March 5 primary ballot in California’s 20th Congressional District, previously held by retired Rep. Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, left Congress in December after being ousted as Speaker of the House of Representatives in October. Gillian Brassil, Sacramento Bee, 5 Feb. 2024 While many National Guard deployments are mandatory, this one was strictly voluntary, said Dwight Bradham, a retired major who helped oversee the agribusiness team’s work. Matthew Rosenberg, New York Times, 4 Feb. 2024 The retired general knew how dangerous an overpowered military could be, having fought against countries whose militaries trampled on the freedoms of their citizens and plunged the world into total war. Dominic Pino, National Review, 30 Jan. 2024 Advertisement Once complete — and the rest of the museum is constructed in the coming years — L.A. will be home to the only retired space shuttle displayed in a full-stack arrangement as if ready for launch. Rong-Gong Lin Ii, Los Angeles Times, 27 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Retired.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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: secluded sense 1
a retired village
: not working at active duties or business

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