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

Five years later, as the second year of Jon Gruden’s return unfolds, Carr says retirement from football is the furthest thing from his mind. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Derek Carr nearly quit football for preacher’s life before rookie season with Raiders," 3 Sep. 2019 Thompson was a legendary homicide detective whose wife gives Bosch a murder book her husband took with him upon retirement. Paula L. Woods, Los Angeles Times, "4 new crime books to intrigue you," 30 Aug. 2019 Coach Frank Reich says the man who will replace Andrew Luck after his unexpected retirement is a top 20 quarterback. Nat Newell, Indianapolis Star, "Why Jacoby Brissett is capable of being the Colts starting quarterback," 29 Aug. 2019 Andrew Luck's retirement is a message for NFL fans to stop treating players like gladiators, Corbin Smith writes in an opinion piece. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Oklahoma's opioid ruling, Chinese defiance and Epstein's accusers day in court: The Morning Rundown," 27 Aug. 2019 If retirement is a pipe dream anyway, why go through the stress of a conventional 9-5? Bruce Helmer And Peg Webb, Twin Cities, "Your Money: Retiring Gen X: Overcoming cynicism," 24 Aug. 2019 David Koch had skipped recent political summits and a retirement had been in the offing. Philip Elliott, Time, "David Koch's Millions Remade the Republican Party. He Didn't Like the Results," 23 Aug. 2019 Throughout her career and, as well, upon retirement, Natalyia pursued her lifelong interests in education and volunteer work., "J. Natalyia Kremski," 17 Aug. 2019 However, even retirement wasn’t the end for the world’s first stealth combat aircraft. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "Why the F-117 Nighthawk Is Such a Badass Plane," 12 Aug. 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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miscellaneous remnants or debris

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