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2 : withdrawn from one's position or occupation : having concluded one's working or professional career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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Now, more than year after his 24-day stint in the Trump administration came to an end, the retired Army general is beginning to creep back into public life. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "Michael Flynn’s Comeback Is On," 20 Apr. 2018 The change has pushed the morale of wardens to an all-time low, said Hoskins, the retired warden supervisor. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin warden shortage and changes in responsibilities raise concerns," 14 July 2018 David Castillo, a retired lieutenant colonel who spent 31 years in the Army, works for Clorox in Aberdeen. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Havre de Grace leaders honor hometown National Guard soldier," 9 July 2018 Nationwide, cities are struggling to keep guns from flowing into underground markets, said Mark Jones of Chicago, a retired supervisory ATF agent. Joe Robertson, kansascity, "Kansas City's gun theft 'victims' are arming criminals — and getting away with it," 1 July 2018 By McClatchy The interesting thing to monitor, other than Earnhardt's performance, will be how the addition of the retired star impacts NBC's overall NASCAR television ratings. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "'Just be yourself.' Here's how Dale Earnhardt Jr. prepared for his new NASCAR job.," 28 June 2018 The other Republican candidates were Robert Turkavage, a retired FBI agent who was a moderate, and Sam Fiocchi, a former state assemblyman. Amy S. Rosenberg,, "Jeff Van Drew, Seth Grossman win primaries in New Jersey's Second Congressional District," 5 June 2018 In 1999, Salemme himself began cooperating with the government and helped send retired FBI agent John J. Connolly Jr. to prison. Shelley Murphy,, "Mob murder trial is a flashback to a bygone era," 29 May 2018 Perhaps the highest profile American held by Iran is Robert Alan Levinson, a retired FBI agent working for the CIA, who disappeared while on Kish Island in Iran in 2007. Nicole Gaouette, CNN, "Trump's nuclear decision is bleak news for Americans held in Iran," 9 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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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