Synonyms and Antonyms of retire

  1. 1 to go to one's bed in order to sleep I'm exhausted, so I think I'll retire for the evening Synonyms crash [slang], doss (down) [chiefly British], bed, turn inRelated Words bunk, perch, roost, settle; doze, drop off, nap, nod, sleep, slumber, snooze; couch, lie (down), reclineNear Antonyms arouse, awake, awaken, rouse, wake, waken; bestir, stir; reawake, reawaken; shift, stirAntonyms arise, get up, rise, uprise

  2. 2 to let go from office, service, or employment as a part of its restructuring, the company has begun to retire its older employees Synonyms ax (or axe), bounce, can, cashier, discharge, fire, muster out, pink-slip, release, remove, dismiss, sack, terminate, turn offRelated Words downsize, excess, furlough, lay off, trim; boot (out), chuck (out), drum (out), kick out, throw out, unseat; separateNear Antonyms keep; reemploy, rehire; contract, subcontract; recruitAntonyms employ, engage, hire, retain, sign (up or on), take on

  3. 3 to move back or away (as from something difficult, dangerous, or disagreeable) the insurgents have retired to the outskirts of the city, but appear to be readying themselves for another offensive Synonyms back away, drop back, fall back, pull out, recede, retreat, withdrawRelated Words flee, fly; flinch, recoil, shrink; chicken (out); bow out; back down, backpedal, backtrack, climb down; detach, disengage, disentangle, pull away; abandon, depart, evacuate, go, leave, quit, vacateNear Antonyms beard, brave, brazen, breast, confront, dare, defy, face, outbraveAntonyms advance

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