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 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, "Mitch McConnell is quietly urging federal judges to retire ahead of 2020 election," 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,, "Big changes? Or maybe not. Putin’s plans keep Russia guessing.," 21 Jan. 2020 Emil Jannings is the hotel doorman whose life is ruined when he is shunted to semiretirement as a lavatory attendant and his beautiful uniform is taken away from him. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Architecture / Film / Foreign / On Video Check in, then check out these five iconic hotel movies," 16 May 2018 But New York did coax Wolfe himself out of semiretirement last year to write about the photographer Marie Cosindas, an old friend who had just died at 93. Christopher Bonanos, Daily Intelligencer, "Tom Wolfe, Pioneer of New York and New Journalism, Dies at 88," 15 May 2018 To buttress their case, the British authorities have portrayed Mr. Skripal as a symbolic victim who was living quietly in semiretirement in Salisbury, England, after being swapped in a high-profile spy exchange in 2010. New York Times, "Sergei Skripal Was Retired, but Still in the Spy Game. Is That Why He Was Poisoned?," 14 May 2018 Metro was forced to bring some older buses out of semiretirement to keep routes going in the interim. Washington Post, "Has Metro’s ridership turnaround arrived? Not yet, budget staff says," 8 Feb. 2018 One, an environmentalist and writer, Briony Penn, had persuaded Mr. Shields to come out of semiretirement and help steer The Land Conservancy, which was heavily in debt. Catherine Porter Photographs And Video By Leslye Davis, New York Times, "At His Own Wake, Celebrating Life and the Gift of Death," 25 May 2017

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1923, in the meaning defined above

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“Semiretirement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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