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2 : withdrawn from one's position or occupation : having concluded one's working or professional career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

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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 Baty is a retired IRS Appeals officer and Hovind and others believe that he has been brought out or retirement to harass Hovind. Peter J Reilly, Forbes, 5 June 2021 West Hartford leaders in February established a board that includes several attorneys, a consultant to the state Department of Children and Families, a psychiatric clinician and a retired corrections officer, among others. Jesse Leavenworth,, 3 June 2021 On the other hand, Paul Singley, a retired machine shop owner from Middleborough, is completely satisfied with the Starlink setup at his beach house in Barnstable., 9 May 2021 Now the typical race fan is Jim Wickert, 77, a retired golf course owner who shows up at Derby Lane every Wednesday and Saturday sporting his jaunty tan Orvis fedora. Erika Larsen, National Geographic, 1 Oct. 2020 The retired welder, who was 27 at the time of the killing, has been charged with murder and was taken into custody in Minnesota. NBC News, 5 June 2021 Scott Rykken is a retired high school science teacher who took up photography as a hobby several years ago. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 June 2021 Cox, a veteran state delegate and retired teacher who served two years as House speaker, has a low-key style that makes the second-choice pitch seem natural. Washington Post, 1 May 2021 Brenda Corbett is a retired English teacher and a West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan school board member. Richard Chin, Star Tribune, 23 Apr. 2021

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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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19 Jun 2021

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“Retired.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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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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