[ 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withdrawn from or no longer occupied with one's business or profession: a retired banker.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.

Nearby words

  1. retinula,
  2. retiracy,
  3. retiral,
  4. retirant,
  5. retire,
  6. retiree,
  7. retirement,
  8. retirement community,
  9. retirement pension,
  10. retirement plan

Origin of retired

First recorded in 1580–90; retire + -ed2

Related forms


[ 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 formsre·tir·er, noun

Synonym study

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

Examples from the Web for retired

British Dictionary definitions for retired


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withdrawn; secludeda retired life; a retired cottage in the woods


/ (rɪˈtaɪə) /

verb (mainly intr)

Derived Formsretirer, noun

Word Origin for retire

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

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