retirement

noun
re·​tire·​ment | \ri-ˈtī(-ə)r-mənt \

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

Following the death of Sen. John McCain of Arizona and the retirements of Sens. Isaac Stanley-becker, The Seattle Times, "Republicans keep control of the Senate; Democrats claim House majority," 7 Nov. 2018 Because of the retirements — a lot of them were about scandal — people were looking for outsider candidates that weren’t associated with politics. Li Zhou, Vox, "The striking parallels between 1992’s “Year of the Woman” and 2018, explained by a historian," 2 Nov. 2018 Blue Origin is profiting from the retirement of the United Launch Alliance's Delta IV, which first experienced flight in 2002. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin to Work With Air Force Under New Contract," 11 Oct. 2018 Poland's law on the retirement of judges at the Supreme Court put 27 of 72 judges at risk of being forced to retire, the Commission said, with no clear criteria on who can stay. Fox News, "EU takes Poland to its top court over judicial reform," 24 Sep. 2018 And offering some kind of road map to retirement would calm the restiveness among ambitious members who are pushed to either rebel or leave the House. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "House Democrats don’t need a leader, they need someone to represent them on TV," 20 Nov. 2018 The fate of the Supreme Court was thrust into disarray this past June, when Justice Anthony Kennedy unexpectedly announced his retirement. Lauren Duca, Teen Vogue, "The Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Feels Inevitable. But We Can Actually Stop Him.," 31 Aug. 2018 Messaging already seems halfway down the path to retirement. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google’s iron grip on Android: Controlling open source by any means necessary," 21 July 2018 The show will span five decades of Mona’s personal couture beginning in her Golden Years of the 1930s and concluding in the 1970s upon her retirement from the public spotlight. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "'Must-see' museum exhibit is in Louisville — and it features 'royalty'," 9 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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