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2 : withdrawn from one's position or occupation : having concluded one's working or professional career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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This month, party leaders both current and retired will repair to the beach resort of Beidaihe, about 200 miles east of Beijing, for their annual policy conclave. Anna Fifield,, "Paramount and paranoid: China’s Xi and the Communist Party face a crisis of confidence," 3 Aug. 2019 The seventh-round draft pick from 2005 hosted the first two-day youth football lineman camp July 13-14 in Houston alongside current and retired NFL players, who served as mentors for dozens of players at Ollin Athletics and Sports Medicine. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Former NFL defensive lineman Kevin Vickerson gives back to youths," 15 July 2019 With a dedicated group of around 40 volunteers — mostly high school students and current or retired educators — the Homework Club works with 45 children each week. Oona Goodin-smith,, "Thanks to a school custodian, Ambler students are getting the homework help they need," 6 June 2019 Information was redacted from the report by deputies who cited an exemption in public-records laws that allows them to withhold identifying information for active or retired law enforcement personnel. Stephen Hudak,, "Retired lawman facing child porn charges after search of home near Mount Dora," 12 July 2019 Children 5 and younger get in free, as do active and retired military service members with valid ID. Lilly Nguyen,, "Decor contestants help set the table for O.C. Fair opening," 11 July 2019 The project, which prompted a swift response from other departments, archived posts from scores of active and retired Dallas officers. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, "Dallas police now say no officers were put on administrative leave for social media investigation," 11 July 2019 While the Circuit Court judges are recuperating, retired Senior Judge Kenneth Lopp is serving in Jacobs' place while Steven Fleece was appointed to fill in for Adams. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Judge charged in White Castle fight is healing, preparing for legal battle," 1 July 2019 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

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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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