re·​tir·​ing | \ ri-ˈtī(-ə)r-iŋ How to pronounce retiring (audio) \

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retiringly \ ri-​ˈtī(-​ə)r-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce retiringly (audio) \ adverb
retiringness noun

Examples of retiring in a Sentence

a shy, retiring young woman one retiring young girl was sitting alone quietly in a corner during the party

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So a more retiring co-parent certainly can be, say, the homework explainer and behind-the-scenes calendar keeper while the more outgoing parent takes meetings and makes phone calls – absolutely. Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "Husband’s discomfort with confrontation doesn’t bode well for his parenting," 15 May 2018 In part, that's because Hemsley is probably the most retiring, publicity-adverse CEO heading an iconic company. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Corporate Leaders Stand Up to Hate and Trump," 18 Aug. 2017

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1566, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of retiring

: quiet and shy
used to describe a person who will be retiring from a job or profession soon


re·​tir·​ing | \ ri-ˈtīr-iŋ\

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