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2 : withdrawn from one's position or occupation : having concluded one's working or professional career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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The project collected posts from scores of active and retired Dallas officers. Dallas News, "Dallas Police Department tells dozens of officers they're under investigation for Facebook posts," 6 July 2019 Admission is free for children 5 and younger, active and retired military members and their immediate family. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Women’s club serves meal at Ronald McDonald House," 3 July 2019 Alvarez, a retired NYPD detective, was one of many 9/11 first responders who helped search for survivors after the attack, all the while breathing in toxic air that the government, at the time, said was safe. Editors, USA TODAY, "Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend," 30 June 2019 Luis Alvarez, a retired New York City Police Detective and 9/11 first responder who testified before Congress on June 11, died at 2:15 a.m. on Saturday. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "9/11 First Responder Luis Alvarez Has Died, 18 Days After Testifying Before Congress With Jon Stewart," 29 June 2019 Hetland served with Palmer on the board of directors for the WPPA, which represents 10,000 active and retired law enforcement members from almost 300 local unions and associations. Marisa Peryer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Off-duty Racine officer shot, killed after jumping over bar to confront armed robber," 18 June 2019 Tesla Crane, heiress to the Crane fortune, and Shalmanseer Steward, a retired private detective, are on their honeymoon cruise from Earth to Mars. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Return to an alternate history space race with two new Lady Astronaut novels," 18 Sep. 2018 Joining her on the red carpet (actually red floral) at the Castro theater Thursday night was her daughter-in-law, retired Army veteran Laila Ireland, who also is interviewed in the documentary about her transition from male to female. Ruthe Stein,, "Proud family attends S.F. Frameline LBGTQ film fest opening of ‘TransMilitary’," 15 June 2018 Ericka Cooper, a retired internal affairs detective who served as vice president of the board, and Capt. Kevin Rector,, "Baltimore Police commander under investigation for theft from police-community relations nonprofit," 4 June 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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