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A sum of money paid regularly as a retirement benefit or by way of patronage.
tr.v. pen·sioned, pen·sion·ing, pen·sions
1. To grant a pension to.
2. To retire or dismiss with a pension: "Some French farmers suggest that the Government pension off the older and less efficient farmers" (E.J. Dionne, Jr.).
[Middle English pensioun, payment, from Old French pension, from Latin pēnsiō, pēnsiōn-, from pēnsus, past participle of pendere, to weigh, pay; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.]
1. A boarding house or small hotel in Europe: "A pension had somewhat less to offer than a hotel; it was always smaller, and never elegant; it sometimes offered breakfast, and sometimes not" (John Irving).
2. Accommodations or the payment for accommodations, especially at a boarding house or small hotel in Europe.
3. Room and board.
[French, from Old French, payment; see pension1.]