Definition of retirement in US English:



  • 1The action or fact of leaving one's job and ceasing to work.

    ‘a man nearing retirement’
    ‘the library has seen a large number of retirements this year’
    • ‘Employees who were approaching retirement or who underperformed for significant periods of time would be accommodated and tolerated rather than summarily dismissed.’
    • ‘On the one hand, faculty retirements give institutions flexibility to reconstitute their faculty in the years ahead.’
    • ‘As they enjoy well-deserved retirement, who is stepping up to take their place?’
    • ‘He is much keener to talk more about his life after retirement from politics.’
    • ‘Many are at the peak of their careers, approaching retirement, starting a second career or opening a business.’
    • ‘Cazes retired from his official day job three years ago, when he reached the French legal age of retirement.’
    • ‘After a brief period in the country, Stone returned to Sydney, where he continued as a teacher at inner-city schools until his retirement in 1931.’
    • ‘The study also predicts that by 2010 the average age of retirement will rise to 72.’
    • ‘If you think retirement at age 65 isn't a realistic goal, you might be right.’
    • ‘So is a proposal that would have eliminated retirement at age 50 for anyone who had been with the company for 25 years.’
    • ‘If you are closer in age to retirement or if your children will need money for university soon, you should be taking on less risk.’
    • ‘Young investors just starting out or older investors nearing retirement may have to make changes in their retirement plan.’
    • ‘Typically, the owners are people nearing retirement who've spent two or three decades building their businesses with tender loving care.’
    • ‘Self employed people can defer retirement until the age of 75.’
    • ‘The ideal is to remain with the same company until retirement around age sixty.’
    • ‘But the age of retirement traditionally has represented a kind of financial cliff.’
    • ‘Baby boomers nearing retirement are spurring demand for fixed-income securities.’
    • ‘In fact, retirement counseling has emerged as an important area for executive coaches.’
    • ‘Many members were retired or nearing retirement and interested in seeing the co-op's assets sold so that they could get their share of the proceeds.’
    • ‘The general shop owner was near retirement and he was the first to close.’
    giving up work, stopping working, stopping work
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    1. 1.1 The period of one's life after leaving one's job and ceasing to work.
      ‘he spent much of his retirement traveling in Europe’
      • ‘It won't be until that age that they've earned enough money to enable them to live a simple life in retirement.’
      • ‘Plus, some adults may not live long enough to enjoy their well-earned retirements or grandchildren.’
      • ‘Freedman says that clients approaching retirement or in retirement should take some defensive measures by shifting stock.’
      • ‘Boomers, in particular, are driving the second-home market with an eye toward both investment and future retirement.’
      • ‘May she enjoy a long and happy well-earned retirement.’
      • ‘Amongst people aged 25 or over, 12.1 million are failing to save enough to enjoy a comfortable retirement.’
      • ‘Jim Morris is alive and well and living in retirement.’
      • ‘First, there's the simple fact that Americans are living longer in retirement, and that costs more.’
      • ‘That way, you just might be able to live above the poverty line in your retirement!’
      • ‘In retirement, Roosevelt continued to write and travel.’
      • ‘Furthermore, a comfortable retirement today is largely dependent on generous pensions based on an employee's final salary.’
      • ‘For Daniel and his wife, Nancy, 63, retirement has meant frequent travel, with their collecting adding purpose to their trips.’
      • ‘Matrix just wants to be living in happy retirement with his daughter.’
      • ‘We all wish Michael a long and happy retirement with his wife Patsy and all his family.’
      • ‘Old age and retirement are going to be the furthest things from your mind but this is the best time to get your pension started.’
      • ‘I always thought that you had to finish your career and be in the happy twilight of retirement before releasing a compilation or biography.’
      • ‘First, staff must see that their departing colleagues are being well cared for and the company is doing all it can to help them secure a new career or happy retirement.’
      • ‘Now both of those systems are nearing retirement, and Microsoft has revamped its bulletin process several times in the intervening years.’
      • ‘He is enjoying an active retirement after many years of engineering and project management at Kaiser Engineering.’
      • ‘At the moment it's compulsory to convert your pension pot into an annuity by the age of 75 to give you an income throughout retirement.’
      life after one retires, retired years, post-work years
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    2. 1.2 The action or fact of ceasing to play a sport competitively.
      • ‘The national fascination with Bradman did not cease with his retirement from the field of play; and it shows no sign of abating.’
      • ‘Roy Keane will promptly confirm his retirement from international football, but Kerr will stay on.’
      • ‘The former Indian seam bowler, Venkatesh Prasad, has announced his retirement from cricket.’
      • ‘Jimmy Adams has been replaced by Carl Hooper, who has just ended a two-year self-imposed retirement from international cricket.’
      • ‘Most runners are already planning their retirements by their early 30s.’
      • ‘Gehrig had an off-season and was in fact a year from retirement.’
      • ‘Speaking about his imminent retirement from international football, the legendary player was content.’
      • ‘A week ago, champion Lennox Lewis, age 38, announced his retirement.’
      • ‘First Gary Kasparov, on anybody's short list of the greatest players of all time, announced his retirement from competitive play earlier this year.’
      • ‘The veteran French defender had been mulling over a new one-year contract put together to postpone his retirement from football.’
  • 2The withdrawal of a jury from the courtroom to decide their verdict.

    • ‘Immediately following its retirement the jury decided to break for lunch.’
    • ‘A room shall be provided by the sheriff of each county for the use of the jury upon their retirement for deliberation, with suitable furniture, fuel, lights and stationery, unless such necessaries have been already furnished by the county.’
    1. 2.1 The period of time during which a jury decides their verdict.
      ‘a three-hour retirement’
      • ‘Following the instructions on damages, the Judge instructs the Jury on the handling of the evidence they have received and finally with regard to their duties in retirement and in the forms of verdict to be considered.’
      • ‘During the retirement of the jury, no officer of the court may discuss the case with any member of the jury or answer any question asked by a juror.’
  • 3Seclusion.

    ‘he lived in retirement in Miami’
    • ‘She wondered what her mother looked like now, living in retirement in France.’
    • ‘But he was implicated in the Ridolfi plot in 1571, spent more years in captivity, and in the later 1570s lived in quiet retirement.’
    • ‘He had a few engagements before marrying his Florence and living quite happily ever after in fairy-tale retirement in Rapallo.’
    • ‘After about 1920 he lived in virtual retirement in a cabin he built at Lac Tremblant in the Laurentians.’
    • ‘At the revolution he was deprived of his appointment and afterwards lived in retirement, principally at Clapham.’
    • ‘Recalled to Rome, Agricola lived in retirement, having refused the proconsulship of Asia.’
    • ‘It is fully prepared for my reception, and I intend entering upon it at once, trusting that I may yet live to spend many quiet years in peaceful retirement.’
    • ‘For twelve years he lived in retirement before joining the French army and taking part in the campaign of 1806-07.’
    seclusion, retreat, solitude, loneliness, isolation, privacy, obscurity
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    1. 3.1archaic A secluded or private place.
      ‘Vermont, where he has a sweet country retirement’
      • ‘He mixed, however, some prudence with his courage, and passed the greatest part of his time in a country retirement; alleging his advanced age, and the weakness of his eyes.’
      • ‘According to Andrew Sanders, ‘The Elegy’ intermixes the poetry of a country retirement with a self-reflexive nocturnal musing on the nature of egalitarian morality."’