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 forms

re·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 Forms

retirer, noun

Word Origin for retire

C16: from French retirer, from Old French re- + tirer to pull, draw
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