retire

verb

re·​tire ri-ˈtī(-ə)r How to pronounce retire (audio)
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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Richards finished his career with 122 receptions for 2,136 yards and 17 TDs before injuries prompted him to retire in 1980. Staff and Wire Reports, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 24 Feb. 2024 Ortiz, 43, lost an earlier bid for the school board in 2019 to Jackie Goldberg, who is retiring. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, 24 Feb. 2024 The singer, who retired from the group last year after over 70 years as its baritone, died of natural causes at his home in Virginia. Ew Staff, EW.com, 23 Feb. 2024 The Seattle Seahawks picked up Hester for the playoffs, and the return specialist announced plans to retire when the Seahawks were eliminated in the divisional round. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, 22 Feb. 2024 Show business will have to retire me, or health will have to intervene. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Feb. 2024 Williams retired from the band after the conclusion of the 2016 Rock or Bust tour, returning to the fold briefly for the 2020 Power Up album. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 22 Feb. 2024 Regardless — both numbers will eventually be retired by the organization. Esfandiar Baraheni, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 The 65-year-old Miami-Dade associate administrative judge retires from the county bench next January. Brittany Wallman, Miami Herald, 11 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle French retirer, from re- + tirer to draw

First Known Use

1533, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of retire was in 1533

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Cite this Entry

“Retire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/retire. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

retire

verb
re·​tire ri-ˈtī(ə)r How to pronounce retire (audio)
retired; retiring
1
: to get away from action or danger : retreat
2
: to go away especially to be alone
3
: to give up or cause to give up one's job
4
: to go to bed
5
: to put out (a batter or side) in baseball
6
: to win permanent possession of (as a trophy)

Legal Definition

retire

verb
re·​tire
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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