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



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 Among those taking the early retirement package is Robert Stewart, longtime director of OU’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. Jennifer Smola,, "Hundreds eligible for buyouts at Ohio University amid budget challenges," 22 Feb. 2020 This was an offseason of turnover between transfers, retirements and NFL Draft declarations. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ranking Ohio State football’s 2020 opponents: Why Michigan, Oregon and Penn State stand out," 21 Feb. 2020 Since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011, the U.S. has been relying on Russian Soyuz rockets, launched from Kazakhstan, to get astronauts to the International Space Station. Fox News, "New moon on deck: What you need to know," 21 Feb. 2020 But upon retirement, Washington soon became restless – as Horn describes him, like a lion in a cage. CBS News, "Book excerpt: "Washington's End," on the final years of the father of our country," 21 Feb. 2020 Shares of Six Flags were down about 18% in midday trading, as the company also cut its dividend by 70% to 25 cents a share and announced its finance chief’s retirement. Amber Burton, WSJ, "Six Flags Swings to Unexpected Loss, Slashes Dividend by 70%," 21 Feb. 2020 Much of the decline in emissions of carbon and criteria air pollutants comes from increasing retirements of coal plants across the country. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Democrats draw starkest lines yet on fracking," 20 Feb. 2020 Some cast members also double as pirates, birds, flowers and a crocodile, said Kennah-Ricketts, who is on the board of directors that took the reins of KBP following the retirement of creative director Ron Solomon in 2017. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "You know about Peter Pan. This play has Tinker Bell’s side of the story," 20 Feb. 2020 Nor was there a discussion of monkey retirement to sanctuaries, a growing issue in the biomedical community. David Grimm, Science | AAAS, "NIH hosts nonhuman primate workshop amidst increased scrutiny of monkey research," 20 Feb. 2020 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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The first known use of retirement was in 1536

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25 Feb 2020

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“Retirement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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