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

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 McKinney lost one of the area’s most successful boys soccer coaches when Alan Pocock announced his retirement in late March. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "McKinney hires boys soccer coach with state tournament experience to replace retiring Alan Pocock," 29 Apr. 2021 In early 2020, Raisman announced her retirement from competitive gymnastics in a moving open letter. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "Aly Raisman Shares Her Bedtime Routine—On Finally Learning How to Rest," 29 Apr. 2021 Now, California could do the same for older people who are transitioning into retirement after the pandemic. Adam Beam, Star Tribune, "California mulls letting adults add parents to health plans," 28 Apr. 2021 The longtime Hawks forward announced his retirement Monday at age 29. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "5 takeaways from the Chicago Blackhawks’ 7-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, including Adam Boqvist’s star-crossed season ending and Kevin Lankinen looking like a rookie," 28 Apr. 2021 Thomas started every game in his first 10 seasons, becoming the first to play 10,000 consecutive snaps, and made the Pro Bowl each time before a torn triceps muscle sidelined him in 2017 and ultimately led into his retirement. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "J.J. Watt was drafted 10 years ago; is he the best NFL player ever from the state of Wisconsin?," 26 Apr. 2021 But the real threat to those constituencies, as more of them step into retirement, is that they won't be replaced by immigrants in the workforce and the tax base. Ronald Brownstein, CNN, "The racist 'replacement theory' has it all backward," 23 Apr. 2021 Nike clearly believed that Bryant’s appeal extended into retirement, signing him to a new five-year agreement on the day of his final N.B.A. game: April 13, 2016. Kevin Draper, New York Times, "Kobe Bryant’s Nike Contract Expired. The Implications Are Complex.," 21 Apr. 2021 The Colts saw Anthony Castonzo go into retirement and the nice-sized and pedigreed Cosmi is a solid immediate replacement option. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, "NFL Draft 2021: Which side of the line should the Colts go with?," 20 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective His brief post-retirement stint as a sports reporter at Ch. BostonGlobe.com, "NBC Sports Boston’s lack of depth apparent on recent Celtics broadcast," 21 Apr. 2021 Del Webb, a national brand of PulteGroup Inc., is a pioneer in active adult communities and a leading builder of new homes targeted to pre-retirement and retiring boomers. Dallas News, "Two 55-plus active adult communities offer designs, amenities," 21 Mar. 2021 Del Webb, a national brand of PulteGroup Inc., is a pioneer in active adult communities and a leading builder of new homes targeted to pre-retirement and retiring boomers. Dallas News, "Active adult communities in McKinney, Little Elm offer numerous amenities," 21 Feb. 2021 Mario Reeve, who retired from the Utah Air National Guard after 29 years of service, says the cuts will help veterans like him who make Utah their post-retirement home. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Legislative leaders pushing for $100 million in tax relief," 22 Feb. 2021 Del Webb, a national brand of PulteGroup Inc., is a pioneer in active adult communities and a leading builder of new homes targeted to pre-retirement and retiring boomers. Dallas News, "Active adult communities in McKinney, Little Elm offer numerous amenities," 21 Feb. 2021 Just as those with the Lakers and in the NBA saw Bryant becoming increasingly at peace with his post-retirement life, Bryant’s former teammates and opponents have struggled with remaining at peace with the tragedy. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Kobe and Gianna Bryant tragedy: How Lakers and NBA have struggled to cope with losing an icon," 26 Jan. 2021 By the summer of 2019, Bryant had discovered his post-retirement life: family time, girl dad, basketball with his daughters, storytelling, business opportunities and imparting his basketball knowledge to today’s NBA and WNBA players. USA Today, "Camp Kobe: How Kobe Bryant taught NBA players the Mamba way," 25 Jan. 2021 Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and George H.W. Bush transitioned into elder statesmen roles after their defeats, mixing semi-retirement hobbies with humanitarian and diplomatic activities. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Future of Trumpism Is Not Josh Hawley. It’s Trump.," 31 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of retirement was in 1536

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4 May 2021

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“Retirement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/retirement. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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