Definition of retired in English:


Line breaks: re|tired
Pronunciation: /rɪˈtʌɪəd


  • 2 archaic (Of a place) quiet and secluded: this retired corner of the world
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    • The arrival of our boats was a rare event in this quiet retired corner of the world; and nearly all the inhabitants came down to the beach to see us pitch our tents.
    • Philip, Duke of Wharton, was not the man to fancy a home in a retired corner of the world's big fair, such as Rathfarnham; he arrived in Ireland one Sunday, and sold all his property there before the week was out.
  • 2.1(Of a person’s way of life) quiet and involving little contact with other people: he lead a simple and retired life
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    • Storms and shipwrecks recur in his work as images of the mysterious ways of God, and Cowper's search for a retired and quiet life of simple domestic and rural pleasures gave him little sense of permanent security.
    • There he could be as quiet and retired as in the attic of his Uncle Robert Manning's house in Salem.
  • 2.2(Of a person) reserved; uncommunicative: a very retired individual
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    • Perhaps he might have accomplished as much for Hawthorne;but how was Hawthorne in his retired and uncommunicative life to know of him?



noun ( • archaic )
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  • She now read it, and it was so piquant, and wrote in English, and most of it true, of the retiredness of her life, and how unpleasant it was.
  • A great number of travelers are attracted by the beauty and charm of the Old City and the Snow Mountain, keeping pouring and lingering on their primitive simplicity, retiredness and quietness.

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