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2 : withdrawn from one's position or occupation : having concluded one's working or professional career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
Recent Examples on the Web Collins, a retired Deer Park refinery worker who joined EquuSearch more than 13 years ago, also had rain gear, leg protection and a Glock. Sig Christenson,, "Volunteer searchers check Central Texas fields and woods, looking for signs of missing GI," 24 June 2020 Lawyers for the retired three-star general accused Sullivan of bias. Ann E. Marimow,, "Appeals court orders judge to dismiss criminal case against Michael Flynn," 24 June 2020 Kelly, the retired Marine general who served as the second of Trump’s four-and-counting White House chiefs of staff, sat Bolton down to brief him a couple of days before Bolton’s first day on the job, in the spring of 2018. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "John Bolton’s Epic Score-Settling," 18 June 2020 Sims, a retired state worker and community volunteer, had been missing since June 11. Nate Chute, USA TODAY, "Timeline shows the key moments leading up to the deaths of Oluwatoyin Salau, Victoria Sims," 17 June 2020 Sims was a retired state worker and was well-known for her volunteerism and work in local Democratic politics. CBS News, "Black Lives Matter protester and 2nd woman found dead in Florida; arrest made," 16 June 2020 Sims, who was reported missing Saturday, was a retired state worker who volunteered for the AARP and worked in local Democratic politics, The Associated Press reported. NBC News, "Bodies of missing activist, AARP volunteer found in Florida," 16 June 2020 Sims was a retired state worker and was well-known in her community for volunteering for local Democratic races. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Florida Black Lives Matter protester found dead after tweeting that she had been assaulted," 15 June 2020 Hundreds of people came out to pay respects to the retired police captain who was killed during riots in St. Louis last week. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Hundreds gather to pay respects to 'wonderful and incredible' David Dorn after he was shot and killed during looting," 10 June 2020

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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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30 Jun 2020

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“Retired.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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