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2 : withdrawn from one's position or occupation : having concluded one's working or professional career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

Other Words from retired

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

Examples of retired in a Sentence

hiked out to a retired beach and fished in the surf
Recent Examples on the Web Ultimately, officials determined the man was a retired law enforcement officer, and he was released, Langston said. Baltimore Sun, 12 Aug. 2022 Jose Vicente, 55, is a retired Orlando police officer, who said his experience in law enforcement, including work as a trainer and recruiter and serving on labor and pension boards, will help him with many of the issues OCPS faces. Orlando Sentinel, 9 Aug. 2022 The retired Michigan police officer and current Arizona House member was at the Capitol on Jan. 6 and contends Trump lost Arizona because of rampant fraud. Bob Christie, ajc, 1 Aug. 2022 The men alleged they were illegally detained after a retired Cincinnati officer called 911 to report a break-in and they were held at gunpoint. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 25 July 2022 The retired sheriff’s sergeant, who is 50 years old, remains eligible for a lifetime pension beginning at approximately $5,000 a month, according to his most recent annual salary and the county retirement benefits formula. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 July 2022 Organizer Jagrut Shah, a retired police officer, launched inaugural ride several years ago. Carol Robinson |, al, 29 June 2022 The retired police officer remembers tracking the deadly storms on her husband’s fire department radio scanner. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 24 June 2022 The retired Sheriff’s Department captain joined the force in 1988, following in the footsteps of his father and brother, who had both tried to nudge him toward going to law school. Libor Janystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 23 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of retired

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Retired.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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re·​tired | \ ri-ˈtīrd \

Kids Definition of retired

: not working at active duties or business a retired teacher

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