[ ri-tahyuhr-muhnt ]
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  1. the act of retiring or of leaving one's job, career, or occupation permanently, usually because of age: I'm looking forward to my retirement from teaching.

  2. the portion of a person's life during which a person is retired: What will you do in retirement?

  1. a pension or other income on which a retired person lives: His retirement is barely enough to pay the rent.

  2. the act of retiring, withdrawing, or leaving; the state of being retired: After a competitive day on the golf course, she enjoys a quiet retirement to the residents' lounge.

  3. removal of something from service or use: retirement of the space shuttle fleet.

  4. withdrawal of a jury from a courtroom to deliberate in private on a verdict.

  5. orderly withdrawal of a military force, according to plan, without pressure from the enemy.

  6. withdrawal of securities from the market by a corporation, as through payment at maturity, repurchase, or exchange.

  7. withdrawal into privacy or seclusion.

  8. privacy or seclusion.

  9. a private or secluded place.

  10. Baseball, Cricket. the act or instance of the defense putting out or ending the offensive play of a batter, runner, side, etc. The retirement of the Brewers in the third inning came only after they scored six more runs.

  1. noting or pertaining to retirement: retirement pay.

Origin of retirement

First recorded in 1530–40; retire +-ment

Other words from retirement

  • non·re·tire·ment, noun
  • post·re·tire·ment, adjective
  • pre·re·tire·ment, adjective, noun
  • sem·i·re·tire·ment, noun

Words Nearby retirement Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use retirement in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for retirement


/ (rɪˈtaɪəmənt) /

    • the act of retiring from one's work, office, etc

    • (as modifier): retirement age

  1. the period of being retired from work: she had many plans for her retirement

  1. seclusion from the world; privacy

  2. the act of going away or retreating

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