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
Full Definition of retire
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
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
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, from re- + tirer to draw
First Known Use: 1533
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up retire? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).