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

pullback, pullout, recession, retreat, withdrawal

Antonyms: Noun

advance, advancement

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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

The Mariners escaped the saguaros of Arizona and the mania of Ichiro’s retirement in Japan to christen their magenta-adorned, renamed T-Mobile Park in chilly Seattle on Monday. Tj Cotterill, The Seattle Times, "Mariners can’t escape Padres’ bats as Mike Leake gets hammered 8-0 in exhibition game," 25 Mar. 2019 All of that changed tonight when the legendary model came out of runway retirement to close the show at Marc Jacobs. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Christy Turlington Just Walked the Runway For The First Time Since the '90s," 14 Feb. 2019 The 6-foot-8 Oakley was a rugged enforcer playing alongside center Patrick Ewing in the '90s and has kept his tough-guy persona long after retirement. NBC News, "Former NBA star Charles Oakley accused of gambling fraud at Las Vegas casino," 12 July 2018 After closing out her illustrious coaching career at Garrison Forest, Cindy Halle marked her first year of retirement with one of U.S. polo’s most prestigious awards. Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, "Former Garrison Forrest coach Cindy Halle wins national polo award," 6 July 2018 Ever since Bezos bought the Post for $250 million in 2013, the guild has sparred with him over matters like wages and retirement plans. Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "Washington Post Staffers Weren't Afraid to Call Out Jeff Bezos on the Paper's Pricey Super Bowl Ad," 4 Feb. 2019 Investment officers in each state are asked to play miracle worker, taking the leftovers from what statehouses spend and using the market to provide retirement benefits for the masses. Mene Ukueberuwa, WSJ, "Politicians Put Populism Over Pensions," 29 Jan. 2019 An order issued by the court to divide retirement benefits. Respondent. Jennifer Lance, Glamour, "Your Divorce Glossary: A-to-Z Terms You Need to Know," 26 Nov. 2018 Because of the particularly strong performance of the stock market since 2012, those retirement plans are worth more than expected. David Garrick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "If state Supreme Court rules against San Diego on pensions, it could could cost city millions," 14 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

Noun

1536, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1919, in the meaning defined above

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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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