un·​re·​tire ˌən-ri-ˈtī(-ə)r How to pronounce unretire (audio)
unretired; unretiring; unretires

intransitive verb

: to leave retirement : rejoin the workforce

Examples of unretire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The speculation is that Brady's decision to unretire from the NFL was a primary factor in the couple's divorce. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 31 Jan. 2023 When news broke that Cameron Diaz was unretiring from acting to costar with Jamie Foxx in a big-budget Netflix flick called Back in Action, movie lovers rejoiced. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 21 Mar. 2023 Among them: • Brady potentially unretiring for the second time to play for the Dolphins, the team that was stripped of its first-round pick in this year's draft after the NFL determined the organization had made impermissible contract with both the quarterback and coach Sean Payton. Safid Deen, USA TODAY, 10 Mar. 2023 But after an early exit in the playoffs a year ago, Brady decided to retire, only to unretire 40 days later. Mark Shanahan, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Feb. 2023 Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen got divorced in October 2022 after months of rumors that the couple was on the outs, and rumors circulated that Brady’s decision to unretire drove them apart. Carrie Wittmer, Glamour, 1 Feb. 2023 Brady's next move is a burning question in the NFL, especially after his retirement from the sport for 40 days last year, followed soon after by his decision to unretire. Tracey Harrington McCoy, Peoplemag, 24 Jan. 2023 While Brady, 45, is back on the football field with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after making the decision to unretire from the sport, the model, 42, would like Brady at home with their three kids, Benjamin, 12, daughter Vivian, 9 and stepson Jack, 15. Georgia Slater, Peoplemag, 14 Sep. 2022 Although, if Tom Brady would’ve wanted to unretire in Miami and come to town packaged with Sean Payton as coach before former coach Brian Flores filed his lawsuit, who knows what would’ve happened? David Furones, Sun Sentinel, 20 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unretire was in 1948

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“Unretire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unretire. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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