retire

verb re·tire \ ri-ˈtī(-ə)r \

Definition of retire

retired; retiring
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: such 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) in baseball
b :to cause (a side) to end a turn at bat in baseball
4 :to win permanent possession of (something, such as a trophy)
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.

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Origin and Etymology of retire

Middle French retirer, from re- + tirer to draw

retire Synonyms

Synonyms
crash [slang], doss (down) [chiefly British], bed, turn in
Antonyms
arise, get up, rise, uprise
Related Words
bunk, perch, roost, settle; doze, drop off, nap, nod, sleep, slumber, snooze; couch, lie (down), recline
Near Antonyms
arouse, awake, awaken, rouse, wake, waken; bestir, stir; reawake, reawaken; shift, stir


RETIRE Defined for English Language Learners

retire

verb

Definition of retire for English Language Learners

  • : 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


RETIRE Defined for Kids

retire

verb re·tire \ ri-ˈtīr \

Definition of retire for Students

retired; retiring
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.

retirement

\-mənt\ noun

Law Dictionary

retire

verb re·tire

legal Definition of retire

retired; retiring
intransitive verb
:to withdraw from an action
  • the jury retired for deliberations
transitive verb
:to withdraw from circulation or from the market
  • retire a loan
  • retire stock


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