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re·​tire·​ment ri-ˈtī(-ə)r-mənt How to pronounce retirement (audio)
: an act of retiring : the state of being retired
: withdrawal from one's position or occupation or from active working life
: the age at which one normally retires
reaches retirement in May
: a place of seclusion or privacy


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: of, relating to, or designed for retired persons

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Following a heartbreaking loss for the United States Women's National Team at the 2023 World Cup in August, Julie announced her retirement in post-match interviews. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 22 Sep. 2023 Fox News announced Murdoch’s retirement on its air Thursday morning, with anchor Bill Hemmer praising the network’s founder. Oliver Darcy, CNN, 21 Sep. 2023 His retirement won’t begin until November, but the great unbundling of his media empire has already begun. WIRED, 21 Sep. 2023 His retirement marks the end of a more than 13-year career at the company. Wes Davis, The Verge, 21 Sep. 2023 Rupert Murdoch, the 92-year-old media tycoon who announced his retirement on Thursday, spent the past 70 years building a global media empire that gave him influence in journalism, politics and pop culture. J. Edward Moreno, New York Times, 21 Sep. 2023 He was promoted to executive vp feature production management in 1996 and worldwide president of features production management in 2001, overseeing day-to-day physical production for the studio through his retirement in 2005. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Sep. 2023 The majority of our members have zero retirement security now. Caitlin Yilek, CBS News, 17 Sep. 2023 Gould said many farmers have come to see solar lease agreements as a sort of retirement package, and some consequently bristle at local efforts to restrict solar development, seeing them as a threat to their chances at financial stability. Izzy Ross, Detroit Free Press, 11 Sep. 2023
Those items, which the UAW said came as a result of bargaining, include a retirement incentive program (UAW Local 1268, in a Facebook post put the figure at $50,000), pre-retirement leave for those within two years of retirement and a voluntary termination of employment program. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, 28 Feb. 2023 Ann’s post-retirement list includes trying new things. Dallas News, 20 Mar. 2023 Public employees also have access to a wide range of non-retirement benefits. Christian Weller, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2023 Keep in mind, this only works for non-retirement accounts. Orlando Sentinel, 30 Mar. 2023 Of all the things Ann is doing post-retirement, though, spending time with her grandkids ranks No. 1. Dallas News, 20 Mar. 2023 Calipari, meanwhile, could not take his post-retirement job until next summer. Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY, 8 Mar. 2023 That don’t have post-retirement health care. Tom Kertscher, Fortune, 2 Feb. 2023 Who saves the most? Pre-retirement baby boomers are saving the most, contributing 16.5% of their income into retirement plans, Fidelity said. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 23 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1536, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1919, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of retirement was in 1536

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Cite this Entry

“Retirement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
re·​tire·​ment ri-ˈtī(ə)r-mənt How to pronounce retirement (audio)
: an act of retiring : the state of being retired
especially : the leaving of one's job permanently


2 of 2 adjective
: of, relating to, or made for retired persons
a retirement community

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