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

Nationally, the ranks of moderates have thinned with the retirements of Sens. David Sharp, The Seattle Times, "What is Dems’ quest to unseat Collins missing? A candidate," 28 Jan. 2019 She was elected San Francisco district attorney in 2003 and California attorney general in 2010 before winning her Senate race in 2016 following the retirement of former Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer. Ken Thomas, WSJ, "Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris Says She Is Running for President in 2020," 21 Jan. 2019 The retirement of the four Iowas left a gaping hole in the U.S. Navy’s ability to provide fire support for the Marine Corps during amphibious landings. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "As the Final Zumwalt-Class Stealth Destroyer Launches, the Ships’ Fate Remains Unclear," 11 Dec. 2018 In 1992, many of the retirements were due to a scandal implicating more than 240 members of Congress who had overdrawn their House bank accounts. Li Zhou, Vox, "The striking parallels between 1992’s “Year of the Woman” and 2018, explained by a historian," 2 Nov. 2018 Beltre announced his retirement in November with 3,166 hits in 21 big league seasons, the last eight with the Rangers. Stephen Hawkins, The Seattle Times, "AP source: Rangers, Cabrera agree to $3.5M, 1-year deal," 22 Jan. 2019 His column examines financial issues for those thinking about, planning and living their retirement. Glenn Ruffenach, WSJ, "A Medical-Screening Checklist for Older Adults," 3 Jan. 2019 Lima announced her retirement this afternoon with a heartfelt highlight reel of her past VS fashion show appearances. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch Adriana Lima's Final Walk for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show," 8 Nov. 2018 The divorce being final was years after the break-up began due to paperwork (splitting of retirement, etc.). Jessica Wakeman, Glamour, "10 Divorced Women on How They Spent Their First Single Night," 28 Nov. 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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