re·tire·ment | \ri-ˈtī(-ə)r-mənt \

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



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

pullback, pullout, recession, retreat, withdrawal

Antonyms: Noun

advance, advancement

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Examples of retirement in a Sentence


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

Prior to his retirement, Leo worked as a senior engineer for Johnson and Johnson., "Leo Gerard Raboin," 13 July 2018 Six weeks after genomics pioneer Craig Venter suddenly announced his retirement from Human Longevity Inc, the company has named Dr. David Karow as interim CEO. Bradley J. Fikes,, "Human Longevity names interim CEO," 13 July 2018 Larry Fisher, a member of the department since 1980, was sworn in June 25, replacing Ralph Spencer upon his retirement. Morgan Hughes,, "Curing the flu, wedding dresses for soldiers, and food for the elderly," 13 July 2018 For the last 23 years the Manhattan Institute has been led by Larry Mone, who on Friday is announcing his retirement effective early next year. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Where New York Goes to Think," 12 July 2018 To make this moment even more critical, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, which led Trump to quickly nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Kennedy. Maliha Kareem,, "Travel ban's enduring hostility toward Muslims," 11 July 2018 Following his retirement in 1994, Meisten worked with the special prosecutor handling the Whitewater investigation and, until 2014, as a contract investigator for the FBI and other agencies. Sheila Vilvens,, "Remembering the FBI agent in charge of investigation into Reagan assassination attempt," 11 July 2018 Following his retirement from professional competitions, Genkin went on to appear on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars in 2012, and toured the country as part of the show’s Ballroom with a Twist live show. Nick Vadala,, "Philly-based ballroom dancer advances on 'So You Think You Can Dance'," 11 July 2018 There’s nothing unusual about a Supreme Court justice timing his or her retirement to ensure an ideologically similar replacement. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Did Anthony Kennedy make a deal with Trump?," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Michael Blowen, founder and president of Old Friends retirement farm, wrote that the news was devastating to everyone at the farm. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Winston, the Kentucky Derby Museum's beloved miniature horse, has died," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of retirement


1536, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1919, in the meaning defined above

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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



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

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

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to reject or criticize sharply

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