retire

[ ri-tahyuhr ]
/ rɪˈtaɪər /

verb (used without object), re·tired, re·tir·ing.

verb (used with object), re·tired, re·tir·ing.

noun Literary.

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

1525–35; < Middle French retirer to withdraw, equivalent to re- re- + tirer to draw
Related formsre·tir·er, noun

Synonym study

5. See depart.

Definition for retire (2 of 2)

retiré

[ French ruh-tee-rey ]
/ French rə tiˈreɪ /

noun, plural re·ti·rés [French ruh-tee-rey] /French rə tiˈreɪ/. Ballet.

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

< French, past participle of retirer to retire
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British Dictionary definitions for retire

retire

/ (rɪˈtaɪə) /

verb (mainly intr)

Derived Formsretirer, noun

Word Origin for retire

C16: from French retirer, from Old French re- + tirer to pull, draw
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Word Origin and History for retire

retire


v.

1530s, of armies, "to retreat," from Middle French retirer "to withdraw (something)," from re- "back" (see re-) + Old French tirer "to draw" (see tirade). Related: Retired; retiring.

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.

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