- to withdraw, or go away or apart, to a place of privacy, shelter, or seclusion: He retired to his study.
- to go to bed: He retired at midnight.
- to withdraw from office, business, or active life, usually because of age: to retire at the age of sixty.
- to fall back or retreat in an orderly fashion and according to plan, as from battle, an untenable position, danger, etc.
- to withdraw or remove oneself: After announcing the guests, the butler retired.
- to withdraw from circulation by taking up and paying, as bonds, bills, etc.; redeem.
- to withdraw or lead back (troops, ships, etc.), as from battle or danger; retreat.
- to remove from active service or the usual field of activity, as an army officer or business executive.
- to withdraw (a machine, ship, etc.) permanently from its normal service, usually for scrapping; take out of use.
- Sports. to put out (a batter, side, etc.).
- a place of withdrawal; retreat: a cool retire from summer's heat.
- retirement or withdrawal, as from worldly matters or the company of others.
Origin of retire
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- a movement in which the dancer brings one foot to the knee of the supporting leg and then returns it to the fifth position.
Origin of retiré
Examples from the Web for retire
Expect the couple to find another mansion in a safe Democratic district where an aging representative is expected to retire.The Rise and Fall of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge, America’s Worst Gay Power Couple
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And when asked whether he worries about Studio Ghibli after he and Takahata retire, Miyazaki is frank.Anime King Hayao Miyazaki’s Cursed Dreams
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As Raimondo tells it, most public sector workers in the state were able to retire at age 55 with 80 percent of their pay.Meet Gina Raimondo, the Only Democratic Star of 2014
November 6, 2014
But “he was so shocked by the disorganization and lack of seriousness that he submitted his papers to retire.”The CIA’s Wrong: Arming Rebels Works
October 19, 2014
Quashing rumors that the White House had pushed her out, Powell told the press that she'd been planning to retire for months.Meet America’s New Top Ebola Fighter
September 26, 2014
The prayer concluded, Mr Clayton coldly requested me to retire.
Mr. Gladstone said that the policy of the Government was to "rescue and retire."The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
I must be permitted to retire to my apartment whenever he comes.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
But they thus became involved in bad ground and had to retire.
The sungar was a regular trap, and the company were ordered to retire.
- (also tr) to give up or to cause (a person) to give up his work, a post, etc, esp on reaching pensionable age (in Britain and Australia usually 65 for men, 60 for women)
- to go away, as into seclusion, for recuperation, etc
- to go to bed
- to recede or disappearthe sun retired behind the clouds
- to withdraw from a sporting contest, esp because of injury
- (also tr) to pull back (troops, etc) from battle or an exposed position or (of troops, etc) to fall back
- to remove (bills, bonds, shares, etc) from circulation by taking them up and paying for them
- to remove (money) from circulation
Word Origin and History for retire
Meaning "to withdraw" to some place, especially for the sake of privacy, is recorded from 1530s; sense of "leave an occupation" first attested 1640s (implied in retirement). Meaning "to leave company and go to bed" is from 1660s. Transitive sense is from 1540s, originally "withdraw, lead back" (troops, etc.); meaning "to remove from active service" is from 1680s. Baseball sense of "to put out" is recorded from 1874.