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2 : withdrawn from one's position or occupation : having concluded one's working or professional career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 retiredly (audio) , -​ˈtī(-​ə)rd-​ \ adverb
retiredness \ ri-​ˈtī(-​ə)rd-​nəs How to pronounce retiredness (audio) \ noun

Examples of retired in a Sentence

hiked out to a retired beach and fished in the surf

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Teresa Shook, a retired lawyer in Hawaii, made a post in Pantsuit Nation, a Facebook group for supporters of Hillary Clinton, suggesting a march. Anna North, Vox, "The Women’s March changed the American left. Now anti-Semitism allegations threaten the group’s future.," 21 Dec. 2018 What happens when a longshoreman from Windsor, a retired lawyer from Oakland and a car dealer from Fairfield walk onto a golf course in Colorado Springs? Ron Kroichick,, "Bay Area amateurs to tee off in U.S. Senior Open," 27 June 2018 The bride’s father is a retired lawyer in Wallingford. New York Times, "Molly Monahan, David Grunner," 10 June 2018 The retired warehouse worker has had unsteady years of late. Joe Mozingo,, "One of L.A.'s oldest community gardens thrived for decades. Then the water wars began.," 4 June 2018 Gwendolyn Sims, 66, a retired legal secretary in Chicago, was one of 16 women to complete the 20-week course of exercises. Lisa Ward, WSJ, "The Benefit of Facial Exercises," 20 Nov. 2018 Pre-retirement seniors face a big wealth gap The report found a big difference between today’s retired population, and the current over-50 demographic. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Senior housing: Older Americans face affordability, accessibility challenges," 14 Nov. 2018 These ranged from whether the original annexation of Hawaii was constitutional (and thus the state government valid) to whether the retired judge's family membership to a planetarium constituted a conflict of interest. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Hawaiian Supreme Court gives go-ahead to giant telescope," 1 Nov. 2018 Linda Olson, 66, a retired legal secretary who lives in Great Falls, Montana, attended a Trump rally for the first time in July after waiting 5 1/2 hours in line. Michelle Ye Hee Lee, The Seattle Times, "Trump reelection campaign has $100 million head start over Democrats," 16 Oct. 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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a shady place in a garden or forest

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