1. withdrawn from or no longer occupied with one's business or profession: a retired banker.
  2. due or given a retired person: retired pay.
  3. secluded or sequestered: a retired little village.

Origin of retired

First recorded in 1580–90; retire + -ed2
Related formsre·tired·ly, adverbre·tired·ness, nounnon·re·tired, adjectivequa·si-re·tired, adjectiveself-re·tired, adjectivesem·i·re·tired, adjectiveun·re·tired, adjective

Synonyms for retired Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for quasi-retired


    1. having given up one's work, office, etc, esp on completion of the normal period of servicea retired headmistress
    2. (as collective noun; preceded by the)the retired
  1. withdrawn; secludeda retired life; a retired cottage in the woods
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Word Origin and History for quasi-retired



1580s, "separated from society or public notice," past participle adjective from retire (v.). Meaning "having given up business" is from 1824. Abbreviation ret'd. attested from 1942.

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