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

pullback, pullout, recession, retreat, withdrawal

Antonyms: Noun

advance, advancement

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Examples of retirement in a Sentence


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

Prior to his retirement, Joe was employed as a machinist at Gammons Hoaglund Company., "Joseph C. Couture," 14 June 2019 Trump won Sumter County, home to parts of The Villages retirement community, with 68% of its vote. Steven Lemongello,, "Why is President Trump’s campaign coming to Orlando? It’s key to winning Florida, experts say.," 13 June 2019 Kelley was former director of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game commercial fisheries division from 2015 until his retirement last year. Anchorage Daily News, "Feds delay release of $56M in disaster funds stemming from bleak 2016 pink salmon run," 11 June 2019 The former Spurs point guard announced his retirement Monday at age 37, joining his Big Three contemporaries Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili in the basketball afterlife. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Spurs’ Big Three reunited in retirement as Tony Parker hangs it up," 10 June 2019 Near the Presbyterian Village North retirement community in Lake Highlands, trees had been uprooted and a stop sign and light pole were blown over. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "1 dead, 5 injured after storm topples crane into Old East Dallas apartments," 9 June 2019 The Florida retirement community known as The Villages saw a similar trend as incomes rose 3.1% while home values increased 7.7%. Josh Boak, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville one of few metro areas where home prices and incomes grew in sync last year," 8 June 2019 His retirement came after years of working; the Duke has completed over 22,000 different solo appearances in his time. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Why Prince Philip Isn't at Trooping the Colour 2019," 8 June 2019 For her 100th birthday lunch in her elegant Stanford White retirement community in Rye, New York, Simpson sported her later-in-life uniform, with her trademark pearls and a nosegay of fresh flowers worn as a bracelet. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Babs Simpson, a Former Vogue Editor Who Collaborated With Irving Penn, Has Died at 105," 7 Jan. 2019

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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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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