[ ri-tahyuhr-ing ]
/ rɪˈtaɪər ɪŋ /


that retires.
withdrawing from contact with others; reserved; shy.

Origin of retiring

First recorded in 1540–50; retire + -ing2

Related forms

re·tir·ing·ly, adverbre·tir·ing·ness, nounnon·re·tir·ing, adjectiveun·re·tir·ing, adjective

Definition for retiring (2 of 2)


[ 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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for retiring (1 of 2)


/ (rɪˈtaɪərɪŋ) /


shunning contact with others; shy; reserved

Derived Forms

retiringly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for retiring (2 of 2)


/ (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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