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From retire +‎ -ed.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɹɪˈtaɪəd/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɹɪˈtaɪəɹd/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪə(ɹ)d


retired (comparative more retired, superlative most retired)

  1. Secluded from society (of a lifestyle, activity etc.); private, quiet. [from 16th c.]
  2. Of a place: far from civilisation, not able to be easily seen or accessed; secluded. [from 16th c.]
    • 1910, ‘Saki’, “The Saint and the Goblin”, in Reginald in Russia:
      The little stone Saint occupied a retired niche in a side aisle of the old cathedral.
  3. Having left employment, especially on reaching pensionable age. [from 16th c.] (of people)
    The retired workers are a major expense due to their pensions.
    • 2022 September 21, Chris Green tells Nick Brodrick, “It's absolutely my favourite train”, in RAIL, number 966, page 37:
      Although he is now freed from responsibility for the '390s', they are still fixtures of everyday life for the retired Hertfordshire resident living alongside the WCML. "If you stand on the end of the Up Fast platform at Berkhamsted, watching it go round that corner - the sharpest curve it takes anywhere - you just think, 'wow!'
  4. No longer in use or production.
    Following Jackie Robinson's success, his uniform number, 42, became a retired number across all major league teams.

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  1. simple past and past participle of retire