un·​re·​tire | \ ˌən-ri-ˈtī(-ə)r How to pronounce unretire (audio) \
unretired; unretiring; unretires

Definition of unretire

intransitive verb

: to leave retirement : rejoin the workforce

Examples of unretire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After retiring as a player, Kapler was hired by Theo Epstein as the Red Sox’s Class A Greenville manager in 2007, only to unretire in ’08 and sign with the Brewers. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Don’t discount Gabe Kapler’s chances with the Cubs, while Dusty Baker keeps chasing that elusive title," 16 Oct. 2019 The hottest Patriots question of the summer has been will Gronkowski unretire? Jim Mcbride, BostonGlobe.com, "John Hannah ideal choice to honor ex-teammate, good friend Leon Gray," 20 July 2019 Now if someone can convince him to pull a Michael Jordan and temporarily unretire... Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "NASCAR: Six burning questions for 2018, including the surprise of the Cup season | Charlotte Observer," 4 Apr. 2018 And artistic director Pink will briefly unretire from dancing to perform the Drosselmeyer role Dec. 22. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'The Nutcracker' a fantasy whirlwind of grace and humor," 10 Dec. 2017 Former Oregon tailback Thomas Tyner, who retired from football because of shoulder injuries, plans to unretire and return to the game—as an Oregon State Beaver. Andy Staples, SI.com, "Pivot Point Games: The matchups that will shape the 2017 college football season," 22 May 2017

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First Known Use of unretire

1948, in the meaning defined above

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“Unretire.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unretire. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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