[ ri-tahyuhr ]
/ rɪˈtaɪər /
verb (used without object), re·tired, re·tir·ing.
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.
verb (used with object), re·tired, re·tir·ing.
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.
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Origin of retire
1525–35; <Middle French retirer to withdraw, equivalent to re-re- + tirer to draw
synonym study for retire
5. See depart.
OTHER WORDS FROM retirere·tir·er, noun
Definition for retire (2 of 2)
[ 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
/ (rɪˈtaɪə) /
verb (mainly intr)
(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
Derived forms of retireretirer, noun
Word Origin for retire
C16: from French retirer, from Old French re- + tirer to pull, draw
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