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From French, from retirer (withdraw”, often used reflexively “retire), from re- + tirer (draw, tear away) + English suffix -ment.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɹəˈtaɪ.ə(ɹ).mənt/


retirement (countable and uncountable, plural retirements)

  1. An act of retiring; withdrawal.
    • 2012, Chelsea 6-0 Wolves [1]
      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.
  2. (uncountable) The state of being retired; seclusion.
  3. The portion of one's life after retiring from one's career.
  4. (obsolete) A place of seclusion or privacy; a place to which one withdraws or retreats; a private abode.


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