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verb, re·tire \ri-ˈtī(-ə)r\

Simple Definition of retire

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of retire


  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to withdraw from action or danger :  retreat

  3. 2 :  to withdraw especially for privacy <retired to her room>

  4. 3 :  to move back :  recede

  5. 4 :  to withdraw from one's position or occupation :  conclude one's working or professional career

  6. 5 :  to go to bed

  7. transitive verb
  8. 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

  9. 2 :  to cause to retire from one's position or occupation

  10. 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

  11. 4 :  to win permanent possession of (as a trophy)

  12. 5 :  to pay in full :  settle <retire a debt>

Examples of retire in a sentence

  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

RETIRE Defined for Kids


verb re·tire \ri-ˈtīr\

Definition of retire for Students


  1. 1 :  to give up a job permanently :  quit working <My grandfather retired at 65 years old.>

  2. 2 :  to go away especially to be alone <I retired to my room.>

  3. 3 :  to go to bed <I'm retiring for the night.>

  4. 4 :  to withdraw from use or service <The navy retired an old ship.>

  5. 5 :  to get away from action or danger :  retreat <The army retired from the battlefield.>

retirement \-mənt\ noun

Law Dictionary


verb re·tire

Legal Definition of retire


  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to withdraw from an action <the jury retired for deliberations>
  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to withdraw from circulation or from the market <retire a loan> <retire stock>

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