retirement

noun
re·​tire·​ment | \ ri-ˈtī(-ə)r-mənt How to pronounce retirement (audio) \

Definition of retirement

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : an act of retiring : the state of being retired
b : withdrawal from one's position or occupation or from active working life
c : the age at which one normally retires reaches retirement in May
2 : a place of seclusion or privacy

retirement

adjective

Definition of retirement (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or designed for retired persons

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Synonyms & Antonyms for retirement

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of retirement in a Sentence

Noun She decided to take an early retirement. Many fans were surprised by the champion's retirement. The staff is smaller because of several retirements. I'm looking forward to retirement. He is ready for retirement. He came out of retirement to play baseball again. She has remained very active during retirement. The staff all wished her a long and happy retirement.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Brooks, a Republican from Huntsville in his sixth term in Congress, is running for the open Senate seat created by the retirement of Sen. Richard Shelby. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "Trump says Mo Brooks ‘has done a spectacular job … He’s a strong guy, a tough guy’," 7 Apr. 2021 Woodley’s elevation to be second in command follows the retirement last month of longtime prosecutor David Greenberg. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Veteran prosecutor tapped to take No. 2 spot in DA’s office," 5 Apr. 2021 Williams passed on taking over at UNC in 2000 after the retirement of Bill Guthridge, but ultimately couldn’t say no a second time and returned as coach in 2003 after the tumultuous Matt Doherty era that included an 8-20 season. Aaron Beard, chicagotribune.com, "North Carolina coach Roy Williams is retiring. The Hall of Famer won 3 national championships.," 1 Apr. 2021 Still, Democrats, bolstered by Sen. Sherrod Brown's reelection in 2018, could put up a competitive fight for the vacancy opened up by the retirement of Sen. Rob Portman. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Ex-Trump aide rakes in $500,000 in first month of challenge against Republican who voted for impeachment," 1 Apr. 2021 Bennett's appointment comes after the retirement of Chief Robert Harrison. Lori Dunn/texarkana Gazette, Arkansas Online, "Texarkana names new police chief; Bennett is first woman in role," 30 Mar. 2021 Pebble Beach Company announced the retirement of chief executive officer Bill Perocchi, effective July 1. Staff And News Services, San Francisco Chronicle, "Joey Logano won NASCAR's first Cup Series race on dirt since 1970 with an overtime victory at Bristol Motor Speedway," 29 Mar. 2021 American accelerated the retirement of its Boeing 757 and 767 and Airbus A330 aircraft, older jets that burn more fuel than new generation planes like the Boeing 787 and Boeing 777. Dallas News, "American Airlines expects full fleet back this spring after major increase in bookings," 29 Mar. 2021 Their blocking issues are apparent following the retirement of C Maurkice Pouncey and defection of G Matt Feiler while LT Alejandro Villanueva remains unsigned. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "2021 NFL mock draft: How do 49ers' trade up to No. 3, free agency aftermath affect first round?," 27 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Del Webb, a national brand of PulteGroup Inc., is a pioneer in active adult communities and a leading builder of new homes targeted to pre-retirement and retiring boomers. Dallas News, "Two 55-plus active adult communities offer designs, amenities," 21 Mar. 2021 Del Webb, a national brand of PulteGroup Inc., is a pioneer in active adult communities and a leading builder of new homes targeted to pre-retirement and retiring boomers. Dallas News, "Active adult communities in McKinney, Little Elm offer numerous amenities," 21 Feb. 2021 Mario Reeve, who retired from the Utah Air National Guard after 29 years of service, says the cuts will help veterans like him who make Utah their post-retirement home. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Legislative leaders pushing for $100 million in tax relief," 22 Feb. 2021 Del Webb, a national brand of PulteGroup Inc., is a pioneer in active adult communities and a leading builder of new homes targeted to pre-retirement and retiring boomers. Dallas News, "Active adult communities in McKinney, Little Elm offer numerous amenities," 21 Feb. 2021 Just as those with the Lakers and in the NBA saw Bryant becoming increasingly at peace with his post-retirement life, Bryant’s former teammates and opponents have struggled with remaining at peace with the tragedy. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Kobe and Gianna Bryant tragedy: How Lakers and NBA have struggled to cope with losing an icon," 26 Jan. 2021 By the summer of 2019, Bryant had discovered his post-retirement life: family time, girl dad, basketball with his daughters, storytelling, business opportunities and imparting his basketball knowledge to today’s NBA and WNBA players. USA Today, "Camp Kobe: How Kobe Bryant taught NBA players the Mamba way," 25 Jan. 2021 Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and George H.W. Bush transitioned into elder statesmen roles after their defeats, mixing semi-retirement hobbies with humanitarian and diplomatic activities. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Future of Trumpism Is Not Josh Hawley. It’s Trump.," 31 Dec. 2020 On average, Social Security will replace about 40% of your pre-retirement income. Robert Powell, USA TODAY, "How long does your money need to last? Here are 4 ways to avoid running out of funds in retirement.," 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of retirement

Noun

1536, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1919, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of retirement was in 1536

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10 Apr 2021

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“Retirement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/retirement. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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retirement

noun

English Language Learners Definition of retirement

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the act of ending your working or professional career : the act of retiring
: the state of being retired
: the period after you have permanently stopped your job or profession

retirement

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of retirement (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or designed for people who are retired

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