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From French retirement, from retirer (withdraw, retire); corresponding to retire +‎ -ment.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɹəˈtaɪə(ɹ).mənt/
  • (file)


retirement (countable and uncountable, plural retirements)

  1. An act of retiring; withdrawal. [from 16th c.]
  2. (uncountable) The state of being retired; seclusion. [from 17th c.]
  3. (now rare) A place of seclusion or privacy; a retreat. [from 17th c.]
  4. The state of having permanently left one's employment, now especially at reaching pensionable age; the portion of one's life after retiring from one's career. [from 17th c.]
    • 2021 November 3, Adrian Shooter talks to Paul Clifton, “A lifetime of railway achievements”, in RAIL, number 943, page 34:
      "I tried retirement ten years ago. Didn't think much of it. Complete waste of time. So I gave it up after two weeks."
  5. The act of leaving one's career or employment permanently. [from 17th c.]
    • 2012, Chelsea 6-0 Wolves[2]:
      The Chelsea captain was a virtual spectator as he was treated to his side's biggest win for almost two years as Stamford Bridge serenaded him with chants of "there's only one England captain," some 48 hours after he announced his retirement from international football.


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