[ ri-tahyuhrd ]
/ rɪˈtaɪərd /


withdrawn from or no longer occupied with one's business or profession: a retired banker.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

Origin of retired

First recorded in 1580–90; retire + -ed2

Related forms

Definition for retired (2 of 2)


[ ri-tahyuhr ]
/ rɪˈtaɪər /

verb (used without object), re·tired, re·tir·ing.

verb (used with object), re·tired, re·tir·ing.

noun Literary.

a place of withdrawal; retreat: a cool retire from summer's heat.
retirement or withdrawal, as from worldly matters or the company of others.

Origin of retire

1525–35; < Middle French retirer to withdraw, equivalent to re- re- + tirer to draw

Related forms

re·tir·er, noun

Synonym study

5. See depart. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for retired (1 of 2)


/ (rɪˈtaɪəd) /


  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
withdrawn; secludeda retired life; a retired cottage in the woods

British Dictionary definitions for retired (2 of 2)


/ (rɪˈtaɪə) /

verb (mainly intr)

Derived Forms

retirer, noun

Word Origin for retire

C16: from French retirer, from Old French re- + tirer to pull, draw
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