Pronunciation: (pen'shun; Fr. pän-syôn' for 3), [key]
—n., pl. -sionsPronunciation: (-shunz; Fr. -syôn' for 3), [key]
1. a fixed amount, other than wages, paid at regular intervals to a person or to the person's surviving dependents in consideration of past services, age, merit, poverty, injury or loss sustained, etc.: a retirement pension.
2. an allowance, annuity, or subsidy.
3. (in France and elsewhere in continental Europe)
a. a boardinghouse or small hotel.
b. room and board.
1. to grant or pay a pension to.
2. to cause to retire on a pension (usually fol. by off).
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