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2 : withdrawn from one's position or occupation : having concluded one's working or professional career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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There used to be a fairly stable tradition of war, says John E. Jackson, a retired Navy captain and professor at the Naval War College. Angela Chen, The Verge, "A retired Navy captain explains how drones will shape the future of war," 5 Dec. 2018 Now 82, Mendez is a retired nurse, activist, and public speaker who travels around the U.S. teaching students about the landmark case and the importance of getting an education. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "Sylvia Mendez Helped Integrate California Schools for Latinx Students in the 1940s, But She Says the U.S. Is More Segregated Now," 3 Dec. 2018 The 60-year-old retired nurse will face Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin. Fox News, "Aug. 14 primary results: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Vermont, Connecticut," 15 Aug. 2018 Mary Anne Sause, a retired nurse living in a housing project, sued two officers from the Louisburg, Kansas, police department who came to her apartment to investigate a complaint that her radio was too loud. NBC News, "Supreme Court sends back appeal of woman ordered by police to stop praying at home," 28 June 2018 His wife, Donna Busch, a retired nurse, suggested he try acupuncture. Georgea Kovanis, Detroit Free Press, "How Northville acupuncturist is fighting back after husband's overdose death," 25 June 2018 Nancy Milewski, a longtime student of Harvey’s in the intermediate ballroom dance class that followed the beginner lesson, had arrived early and identified herself as a retired nurse. Kimberly Fornek,, "Ballroom dance students called on nursing skills to save Hinsdale dance teacher," 15 June 2018 In 2011, Barbara Hillary, a 79-year-old retired nurse, became the first black woman to reach the South Pole. Anne Branigin, The Root, "The 1st Black Woman to Reach the North and South Poles Has the Best Advice for You," 13 June 2018 Roslindale resident Aileen Montour, 70, a retired nurse and acupuncturist, is a community activist and part of a group working to make sure there is senior housing where gays and lesbians can feel comfortable. Robert Weisman,, "Gay boomers look ahead to an old age colored by uncertainty and the help of friends," 9 June 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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