verb re·tire \ri-ˈtī(-ə)r\

: to stop a job or career because you have reached the age when you are not allowed to work anymore or do not need or want to work anymore

: to cause (someone, such as a military officer) to end a job or career

: to stop playing in a game, competition, etc., especially because of injury


Full Definition of RETIRE

intransitive verb
:  to withdraw from action or danger :  retreat
:  to withdraw especially for privacy <retired to her room>
:  to move back :  recede
:  to withdraw from one's position or occupation :  conclude one's working or professional career
:  to go to bed
transitive verb
:  withdraw: as
a :  to march (a military force) away from the enemy
b :  to withdraw from circulation or from the market :  recall <retire a bond>
c :  to withdraw from usual use or service
:  to cause to retire from one's position or occupation
a :  to put out (a batter or batsman) in baseball or cricket
b :  to cause (a side) to end a turn at bat in baseball
:  to win permanent possession of (as a trophy)
:  to pay in full :  settle <retire a debt>

Examples of RETIRE

  1. I want to be healthy when I retire.
  2. She had to retire during the first set because of a muscle strain.
  3. The Navy is retiring the old battleship.
  4. The manufacturer plans to retire that car model in a few years.
  5. The team is retiring his jersey number in honor of his great career.

Origin of RETIRE

Middle French retirer, from re- + tirer to draw
First Known Use: 1533

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