semi·​re·​tire·​ment | \ ˌse-mē-ri-ˈtī(-ə)r-mənt How to pronounce semiretirement (audio) , ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi- \

Definition of semiretirement

: the state or condition of being semiretired

Examples of semiretirement in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Xie, 71, was pulled out of semiretirement this year to resume the role of China’s climate envoy., 15 Apr. 2021 The Radiators went into semiretirement almost a decade ago., 11 Jan. 2021 When Broadway beckoned, director Walter Bobbie urged the 47-year-old Ms. Reinking to come out of semiretirement to take on the lead role of Roxie Hart. Washington Post, 16 Dec. 2020 The truth is, Lennon did not send out a news release announcing his semiretirement. Geoff Edgers, Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2020 By 2006, however, Mr. Redstone appeared to have retreated into semiretirement. Jonathan Kandell, New York Times, 12 Aug. 2020 But the public health crisis that recently brought him out of semiretirement, at age 74, may be his most challenging yet. Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2020 Starting at age 65, a judge may retire at his or her current salary or take senior status (a form of semiretirement) after 15 years of active service, according to Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, 16 Mar. 2020 Or new powers set to be granted to an obscure body called the State Council could give Putin, who is now 67, a venue to fill a father-of-the-nation role in semiretirement. Anton Troianovski,, 21 Jan. 2020

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1923, in the meaning defined above

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“Semiretirement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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