Meaning of retired in English:


Pronunciation /rɪˈtʌɪəd/

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  • 1Having left one's job and ceased to work.

    ‘a retired headmaster’
    • ‘But after much thought she decided to hire a retired school teacher to do the editing and proofreading on the articles that were going into the Journal.’
    • ‘Emeritus membership shall consist of retired college or university teachers of agriculture.’
    • ‘There are state pensions for retired civil servants, but no unemployment benefits or social security provisions, except on a private basis via insurance.’
    • ‘They have not paid a penny to the government for their pensions, their contributions went to pay the pensions of those who had already retired.’
    • ‘I remember retired steel workers standing on the Fahey Bridge, weeping as part of ‘their’ mill was torn down before their eyes.’
    • ‘Cober also sidelines as tutor in guitar to students of all ages, including a retired symphony violinist who is using Cober's expertise to work on improvizational technique.’
    • ‘It is with some diffidence that I, a retired Squadron Leader of the most junior of the Armed Services, undertake a review of a book by one of the most eminent soldiers of the late twentieth century.’
    • ‘Women were recruited into jobs traditionally done by men, and retired craftsmen were drafted back into the factories to help train the new workforce and supervise the skilled engineering processes.’
    • ‘He is a retired violinist, having performed professionally in symphony orchestras in Vienna, Austria and Mexico before becoming a programmer.’
    • ‘With plenty of period detail and charm, De Vesci Lodge is likely to attract the attention of professional or retired couples, or those looking for an upmarket starter family home.’
    • ‘The retired journalist who worked alongside Litman as a reporter, then as features sub-editor, cringes at some of the mistakes she spies in newspapers and hears on the radio.’
    • ‘A simple story about the friendship between a bank robber and a retired literature professor, the film earns its warm welcome from the terrific performance of Jean Rochefort as the professor.’
    • ‘Barry was envious when the man at the table explained how a group of retired software engineers get together every Tuesday and Thursday for 18 holes.’
    • ‘He served in the US army for 28 years and is now a retired colonel.’
    • ‘Mr O'Doherty was a retired schoolteacher who taught in England for many years.’
    • ‘Nash is a retired rear admiral, formerly in charge of Navy construction.’
    • ‘Now retired after a secondary career as an accountant, Ford lives in South Queensferry.’
    • ‘But I am a retired engineer so I know what I am talking about.’
    • ‘However, many retired people don't want to move and the only way they can get cash from their home is to use an equity release scheme.’
    • ‘The combination of its rural setting plus the high standard of restoration work makes this an ideal property for anyone who works from home, or for a retired couple.’
    former, ex-, emeritus, past, in retirement, pensioned, pensioned off
    retired people, pensioners, old-age pensioners, OAPs, senior citizens, old people, the elderly
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  • 2 archaic (of a place) quiet and secluded.

    ‘this retired corner of the world’
    • ‘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.’
    peaceful, sleepy, tranquil, calm, still, relaxing, soothing, pleasant, restful, undisturbed, free from disturbance, free from interruption, free from interference, untroubled
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    1. 2.1(of a person's way of life) quiet and involving little contact with other people.
      ‘he lead a simple and retired life’
      • ‘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. 2.2(of a person) reserved; uncommunicative.
      ‘a very retired individual’
      • ‘Perhaps he might have accomplished as much for Hawthorne;but how was Hawthorne in his retired and uncommunicative life to know of him?’
      reticent, self-restrained, restrained, quiet, private, self-contained
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