Definition of retirement in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈtī(ə)rmənt/


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
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  • 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.
  • Typically, the owners are people nearing retirement who've spent two or three decades building their businesses with tender loving care.
  • Baby boomers nearing retirement are spurring demand for fixed-income securities.
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
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  • 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.
  • For Daniel and his wife, Nancy, 63, retirement has meant frequent travel, with their collecting adding purpose to their trips.
  • I always thought that you had to finish your career and be in the happy twilight of retirement before releasing a compilation or biography.
1.2The action or fact of ceasing to play a sport competitively.
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  • 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 national fascination with Bradman did not cease with his retirement from the field of play; and it shows no sign of abating.
2The withdrawal of a jury from the courtroom to decide their verdict.
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  • 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.
2.1The period of time during which a jury decides their verdict: a three-hour retirement
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  • 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
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  • But he was implicated in the Ridolfi plot in 1571, spent more years in captivity, and in the later 1570s lived in quiet retirement.
  • For twelve years he lived in retirement before joining the French army and taking part in the campaign of 1806-07.
  • She wondered what her mother looked like now, living in retirement in France.
3.1 archaic A secluded or private place: Vermont, where he has a sweet country retirement
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  • 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."
  • 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.

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Syllabification: re·tire·ment

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