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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Because remember, your investments not only need to get you to retirement – but through it as well. Amy Wagner And Steve Sprovach, The Enquirer, 27 May 2022 The couple was struggling financially, prosecutors said Prosecutors allege in court documents that the Brophys were facing financial difficulties and had drained their retirement account two years prior to the shooting. Faith Karimi, CNN, 26 May 2022 The tearful reunion, which took place at Cole’s retirement home on May 7, was many months in the making. Sydney Page, Washington Post, 25 May 2022 On that dreadful day at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, our beloved teacher was on her way to California to spend her retirement years near her daughter. Kori Rumore, Chicago Tribune, 25 May 2022 The president of the Chicago Fed, Charles Evans, also faces a mandatory retirement in the coming months. Christopher Rugaber, ajc, 25 May 2022 The team is 42-123 in the four-plus seasons since Catchings' retirement after the 2016 season. Matthew Vantryon, The Indianapolis Star, 25 May 2022 Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin believes the current environment and structure of college football will benefit Alabama in a way that will cause Nick Saban to continue to put off retirement. Mike Rodak |, al, 25 May 2022 Magaziner, a Democrat, is running in a September primary for the Second Congressional District following U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin’s retirement. Brian Amaral,, 25 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective And being productive isn’t limited to a pre-retirement phase. Jerry Cahn, Forbes, 6 May 2022 Pucciani, post-retirement, had given a frank interview to Ten Percent, a UCLA gay student paper. Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2022 Barty plans to work with Australian junior players in addition to spending time with her family post-retirement. Stephanie Wenger,, 24 Mar. 2022 O’Grady is a senior judge — a form of semi-retirement — in the U.S. District Court of Virginia. Justin Fenton,, 12 Nov. 2021 McCormick, who underwent knee replacement surgery last fall, continues to work with students post-retirement, leading acting lessons in her apartment and directing shows for Mosaic Youth Theatre. Duante Beddingfield, Detroit Free Press, 12 Mar. 2022 Mike Krzyzewski’s last Duke team has sometimes faltered in the big moments of his pre-retirement season. Laine Higgins, WSJ, 27 Mar. 2022 As for what the future holds post-retirement from music? Billboard Staff, Billboard, 24 Mar. 2022 Retirement planning can seem overwhelming, with so much to remember and so much riding on your pre-retirement decisions. Matt Dixon, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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retirement annuity

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Last Updated

28 May 2022

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“Retirement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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