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retiring

[ ri-tahyuhr-ing ]
/ rɪˈtaɪər ɪŋ /
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adjective
that retires.
withdrawing from contact with others; reserved; shy.
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Origin of retiring

First recorded in 1540–50; retire + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM retiring

re·tir·ing·ly, adverbre·tir·ing·ness, nounnon·re·tir·ing, adjectiveun·re·tir·ing, adjective
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How to use retiring in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for retiring

retiring
/ (rɪˈtaɪərɪŋ) /

adjective
shunning contact with others; shy; reserved

Derived forms of retiring

retiringly, adverb
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