re·tire verb \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
: to withdraw from action or danger : retreat
: to withdraw especially for privacy <retired to her room>
: to withdraw from one's position or occupation : conclude one's working or professional career
: 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
- I want to be healthy when I retire.
- She had to retire during the first set because of a muscle strain.
- The Navy is retiring the old battleship.
- The manufacturer plans to retire that car model in a few years.
- The team is retiring his jersey number in honor of his great career.
Origin of RETIRE
Middle French retirer,
First Known Use: 1533
Rhymes with RETIRE
, catch fire
, cross fire
, for hire
, fox fire
, Greek fire
, grey friar
, hang fire
, live wire
, on fire
, sea fire
, snow tire
, town crier
, trip wire
, watch fire
, white friar
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