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re·​tire·​ment ri-ˈtī(-ə)r-mənt How to pronounce retirement (audio)
: an act of retiring : the state of being retired
: withdrawal from one's position or occupation or from active working life
: the age at which one normally retires
reaches retirement in May
: a place of seclusion or privacy


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: of, relating to, or designed for retired persons

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Longtime CEOs have come back from retirement before and managed to set up their replacements for success. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2022 When that last song ended, John shed the robe and exposed another retirement outfit, a green-and-red tracksuit, and climbed into a small, clear elevator that lifted him into an opening in the backdrop. Andrew Dalton, ajc, 21 Nov. 2022 Following the retirement of Justice Bridget McCormack, Michigan Supreme Court justices have unanimously voted to name Justice Elizabeth Clement as the court's next chief justice for the remainder of its current term. Arpan Lobo, Detroit Free Press, 21 Nov. 2022 The Cowles aren’t alone in facing major losses—retirement balances dipped for the third consecutive quarter this year. Megan Leonhardt, Fortune, 21 Nov. 2022 That same year, Johnson issued a special presidential order exempting Hoover from mandatory federal retirement at the age of 70. Time, 21 Nov. 2022 In March, a D.C. retirement board granted a full pension to the widow of D.C. police officer Jeffrey Smith, who took his life after he was injured in the Capitol riot. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2022 So he is dropped hints that Funky is drawing to a close, uh, the sale of the Mont Montana’s restaurant in the, in the comic strip and retirement coming. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 21 Nov. 2022 Alabama Power confirmed Crosswhite’s impending retirement in a news release sent Monday morning. Dennis Pillion |, al, 21 Nov. 2022
The Republic spoke with Bella about his first book examining Barkley's Hall of Fame career and his post-retirement life since 2000. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 2 Nov. 2022 In her post-retirement plans, her daughter, who is earning her master’s degree at UCLA, plays a large role. Jaimie Ding, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2022 If that wasn’t enough, Dierker’s post-retirement career as a broadcaster landed him a spot on the team’s Media Wall of Honor, giving his legacy yet another place to live at Minute Maid Park. Clint Davis, Chron, 8 Oct. 2022 In the other, Riley attempts to enjoy the highlight of his post-retirement week: three hours in a largely empty shopping mall before church lets out and the mall fills up with loud and disrespectful kids. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 29 Sep. 2022 The python survived, entered semi-retirement and the incident made international headlines. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 17 Sep. 2022 This is the latest update to Brady's post-retirement plans. Nick Romano,, 17 May 2022 Tom Brady is set to hit the field for his first post-retirement NFL game Sunday night, and his wife Gisele Bündchen won't be in the stands, a source tells PEOPLE. Charmaine Patterson, Peoplemag, 11 Sep. 2022 Los Angeles Lakers guard LeBron James offered more insight into his eventual post-retirement plans in an upcoming episode of The Shop. Natasha Dye,, 10 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1536, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1919, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of retirement was in 1536

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Cite this Entry

“Retirement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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re·​tire·​ment ri-ˈtī(ə)r-mənt How to pronounce retirement (audio)
: an act of retiring : the state of being retired
especially : the leaving of one's job permanently


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: of, relating to, or made for retired persons
a retirement community

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