Definition of retirement in English:



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

    ‘a man nearing retirement’
    [count noun] ‘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.’
    • ‘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 ideal is to remain with the same company until retirement around age sixty.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The study also predicts that by 2010 the average age of retirement will rise to 72.’
    • ‘As they enjoy well-deserved retirement, who is stepping up to take their place?’
    • ‘Baby boomers nearing retirement are spurring demand for fixed-income securities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the one hand, faculty retirements give institutions flexibility to reconstitute their faculty in the years ahead.’
    • ‘Self employed people can defer retirement until the age of 75.’
    • ‘He is much keener to talk more about his life after retirement from politics.’
    • ‘But the age of retirement traditionally has represented a kind of financial cliff.’
    • ‘Typically, the owners are people nearing retirement who've spent two or three decades building their businesses with tender loving care.’
    • ‘Young investors just starting out or older investors nearing retirement may have to make changes in their retirement plan.’
    • ‘If you think retirement at age 65 isn't a realistic goal, you might be right.’
    • ‘In fact, retirement counseling has emerged as an important area for executive coaches.’
    • ‘Cazes retired from his official day job three years ago, when he reached the French legal age of retirement.’
    • ‘So is a proposal that would have eliminated retirement at age 50 for anyone who had been with the company for 25 years.’
    • ‘Many are at the peak of their careers, approaching retirement, starting a second career or opening a business.’
    giving up work, stopping working, stopping work
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    1. 1.1The period of one's life after leaving one's job and ceasing to work.
      ‘he spent much of his retirement traveling in Europe’
      • ‘Now both of those systems are nearing retirement, and Microsoft has revamped its bulletin process several times in the intervening years.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He is enjoying an active retirement after many years of engineering and project management at Kaiser Engineering.’
      • ‘Freedman says that clients approaching retirement or in retirement should take some defensive measures by shifting stock.’
      • ‘It won't be until that age that they've earned enough money to enable them to live a simple life in retirement.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘May she enjoy a long and happy well-earned retirement.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Amongst people aged 25 or over, 12.1 million are failing to save enough to enjoy a comfortable retirement.’
      • ‘Plus, some adults may not live long enough to enjoy their well-earned retirements or grandchildren.’
      • ‘Furthermore, a comfortable retirement today is largely dependent on generous pensions based on an employee's final salary.’
      • ‘First, there's the simple fact that Americans are living longer in retirement, and that costs more.’
      • ‘I always thought that you had to finish your career and be in the happy twilight of retirement before releasing a compilation or biography.’
      • ‘Jim Morris is alive and well and living in retirement.’
      • ‘That way, you just might be able to live above the poverty line in your retirement!’
      • ‘In retirement, Roosevelt continued to write and travel.’
      • ‘Boomers, in particular, are driving the second-home market with an eye toward both investment and future retirement.’
      life after one retires, retired years, post-work years
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    2. 1.2The action or fact of ceasing to play a sport competitively.
      • ‘First Gary Kasparov, on anybody's short list of the greatest players of all time, announced his retirement from competitive play earlier this year.’
      • ‘A week ago, champion Lennox Lewis, age 38, announced his retirement.’
      • ‘The former Indian seam bowler, Venkatesh Prasad, has announced his retirement from cricket.’
      • ‘The national fascination with Bradman did not cease with his retirement from the field of play; and it shows no sign of abating.’
      • ‘Speaking about his imminent retirement from international football, the legendary player was content.’
      • ‘Jimmy Adams has been replaced by Carl Hooper, who has just ended a two-year self-imposed retirement from international cricket.’
      • ‘Roy Keane will promptly confirm his retirement from international football, but Kerr will stay on.’
      • ‘Most runners are already planning their retirements by their early 30s.’
      • ‘The veteran French defender had been mulling over a new one-year contract put together to postpone his retirement from football.’
      • ‘Gehrig had an off-season and was in fact a year from retirement.’
  • 2The withdrawal of a jury from the courtroom to decide their verdict.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Immediately following its retirement the jury decided to break for lunch.’
    1. 2.1The 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’
    • ‘But he was implicated in the Ridolfi plot in 1571, spent more years in captivity, and in the later 1570s lived in quiet retirement.’
    • ‘At the revolution he was deprived of his appointment and afterwards lived in retirement, principally at Clapham.’
    • ‘She wondered what her mother looked like now, living in retirement in France.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Recalled to Rome, Agricola lived in retirement, having refused the proconsulship of Asia.’
    • ‘After about 1920 he lived in virtual retirement in a cabin he built at Lac Tremblant in the Laurentians.’
    • ‘For twelve years he lived in retirement before joining the French army and taking part in the campaign of 1806-07.’
    • ‘He had a few engagements before marrying his Florence and living quite happily ever after in fairy-tale retirement in Rapallo.’
    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."’