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retire

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

re·tiredre·tir·ing

Full Definition of RETIRE

intransitive verb
1
:  to withdraw from action or danger :  retreat
2
:  to withdraw especially for privacy <retired to her room>
3
:  to move back :  recede
4
:  to withdraw from one's position or occupation :  conclude one's working or professional career
5
:  to go to bed
transitive verb
1
:  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
2
:  to cause to retire from one's position or occupation
3
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
4
:  to win permanent possession of (as a trophy)
5
:  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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RETIRE Defined for Kids

retire

verb re·tire \ri-ˈtīr\
re·tiredre·tir·ing

Definition of RETIRE for Kids

1
:  to give up a job permanently :  quit working <My grandfather retired at 65 years old.>
2
:  to go away especially to be alone <I retired to my room.>
3
:  to go to bed <I'm retiring for the night.>
4
:  to withdraw from use or service <The navy retired an old ship.>
5
:  to get away from action or danger :  retreat <The army retired from the battlefield.>
re·tire·ment \-mənt\ noun

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