1. The act of retiring, or the state of being retired; withdrawal; seclusion; as, the retirement of an officer. "O, blest Retirement, friend of life's decline." (Goldsmith) "Retirement, rural quiet, friendship, books." (Thomson)

2. A place of seclusion or privacy; a place to which one withdraws or retreats; a private abode. "This coast full of princely retirements for the sumptousness of their buildings and nobleness of the plantations." (Evelyn) "Caprea had been the retirement of Augustus." (Addison)

Synonyms: Solitude, withdrawment, departure, retreat, seclusion, privacy. See Solitude.

Origin: Cf. F. Retirement.

(01 Mar 1998)

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