retirement Definition

  • 1the action or fact of leaving one's job and ceasing to work
  • 2the period of one's life after leaving one's job and ceasing to work

Using retirement: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "retirement" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He announced his retirement from the company after 30 years of service.

  • Example

    She is planning to retire next year.

  • Example

    Many people look forward to retirement as a time to relax and travel.

  • Example

    The retirement age in this country is 65.

retirement Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for retirement

Idioms Using retirement

  • to stop using something or someone that has been in use for a long time


    The company decided to put their old computer system into retirement and upgrade to a new one.

  • a time of life after retirement when one can enjoy leisure activities and pursue personal interests


    After working hard for many years, he was looking forward to the golden years of retirement.

  • a sum of money saved for retirement


    It's important to start saving for your retirement nest egg early in life.

Phrases with retirement

  • the option to retire before the standard retirement age, often with reduced benefits


    He took early retirement at the age of 55.

  • being required to retire due to age or other factors, often against one's wishes


    The company's policy on forced retirement has been criticized by some employees.

  • a residential community designed for older adults who are retired or nearing retirement age


    My grandparents live in a retirement community in Florida.

Origins of retirement

from Old French 'retraite', meaning 'withdrawal'


Summary: retirement in Brief

The term 'retirement' [rɪˈtaɪəmənt] refers to the act of leaving one's job and ceasing to work, or the period of one's life after doing so. It can be voluntary or forced, and is often associated with phrases like 'early retirement' and 'retirement community.' 'Retirement' also appears in idioms like 'put something into retirement,' and 'golden years of retirement,' which refer to the time after retirement when one can enjoy leisure activities and pursue personal interests.

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