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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

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 The school said Griff intends to enjoy long naps in retirement, mostly on his favorite oversized chair. USA TODAY, "‘Bag Full of Drugs,’ kiwiberries, retiring bulldog: News from around our 50 states," 6 Feb. 2020 David Abel, who has started a business in his retirement as a wedding celebrant, has been on roughly 20 cruises with his wife. Simon Denyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Trapped on virus-ravaged cruise ship, shocked passengers struggle to keep spirits up," 5 Feb. 2020 In his retirement, the 41-year-old Bryant ran his production company and coached his daughter's middle school team. CBS News, "Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna among 9 killed in helicopter crash," 29 Jan. 2020 Paddock was a retired postal service worker, accountant and real estate investor who owned rental properties and homes in Reno and in a retirement community more than hour’s drive from Las Vegas. Fox News, "Las Vegas mass murderer’s ex-mistress has fake gun seized from her in New Zealand: report," 26 Jan. 2020 When to convert Conversions can make sense if the IRA owner expects to be in the same or a higher tax bracket in retirement. Liz Weston, Dallas News, "Should you consider a Roth conversion after inheritance rule changes?," 23 Jan. 2020 Like Rager, the Merrimans were introduced to pickleball while visiting a retirement community. al, "Stay Playing: 3 local sports leagues for all ages," 8 Jan. 2020 Green said her brain health approach, available since 2015, is offered at 150 retirement communities around the country. Sharon Jayson, Scientific American, "Brain Scientists Tap Secrets of Staying Healthy While Aging," 3 Jan. 2020 The nonprofit leases a building on the campus of St. Camillus, a retirement community at 600 N. 103rd St. in Wauwatosa. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Delafield resident is one of the key figures in helping Kathy's House raise $12 million for a new building," 31 Dec. 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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The first known use of retirement was in 1536

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11 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Retirement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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