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re·​tire·​ment ri-ˈtī(-ə)r-mənt How to pronounce retirement (audio)
: an act of retiring : the state of being retired
: withdrawal from one's position or occupation or from active working life
: the age at which one normally retires
reaches retirement in May
: a place of seclusion or privacy


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: of, relating to, or designed for retired persons

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Most Americans are not saving enough for retirement and key Republican and Democrat lawmakers agree that there's a need for a better system to help people save money earlier in their careers. Emily Hamilton, Axios, 12 July 2024 Jason, meanwhile, announced his retirement from football in March. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 12 July 2024
The question of which type of retirement account is best is answered by comparing your pre-retirement and post-retirement tax brackets. Michael J. Francis, Journal Sentinel, 16 May 2024 Targeting a 4 percent withdrawal rate from retirement savings, my post-retirement income will be about the same as my current income, less current savings contributions. Liz Weston, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for retirement 

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Word History

First Known Use


1536, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1919, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of retirement was in 1536

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Cite this Entry

“Retirement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
re·​tire·​ment ri-ˈtī(ə)r-mənt How to pronounce retirement (audio)
: an act of retiring : the state of being retired
especially : the leaving of one's job permanently


2 of 2 adjective
: of, relating to, or made for retired persons
a retirement community

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