- Retire is defined as to take out of use, go to bed, or a person giving up their work.
- An example of retire is Germany stopping the use of the mark as currency.
- An example of retire is someone going to bed at ten o'clock.
- An example of retire is what a currently working person born after 1960 can do when they reach age 67.
intransitive verbretired, retiring
- to go away, retreat, or withdraw to a private, sheltered, or secluded place
- to go to bed
- to give ground, as in battle; retreat; withdraw
- to give up one's work, business, career, etc., esp. because of advanced age
- to move back or away, or seem to do so
Origin of retireFrench retirer ; from re-, back + tirer, to draw ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form tirare
- to withdraw or move in retreat: to retire troops from an action
- to take (money) out of circulation
- to take up or pay off (stocks, bonds, bills, etc.)
- to cause to retire from a position, job, or office
- to withdraw from use: to retire outdated machinery
- ☆ Baseball to end the batting turn of (a batter, side, etc.) by putting the batter, side, etc. out
verbre·tired, re·tir·ing, re·tires
- To withdraw from one's occupation or position, especially upon reaching a certain age; stop working.
- a. To move away or withdraw, as for rest or seclusion: The guests retired to the living room.b. To fall back or retreat, as from battle.
- To go to bed.
- a. To cause to withdraw from one's usual field of activity: The board must retire all executives at 65.b. To withdraw from use or active service: retire an old battleship.
- a. To take out of circulation: retired the bonds.b. To pay off: retire one's debts.
- To lead (troops, for example) away from action; withdraw.
- Baseball a. To put out (a batter).b. To cause (the opposing team) to end a turn at bat.
Origin of retireFrench retirer, to retreat, from Old French, to take back : re-, re- + tirer, to draw; see tier1.
(third-person singular simple present retires, present participle retiring, simple past and past participle retired)
- To withdraw; to take away; -- sometimes used reflexively.
- To withdraw from circulation, or from the market; to take up and pay; as, to retire bonds; to retire a note.
- The central bank retired those notes five years ago.
- To cause to retire; specifically, to designate as no longer qualified for active service; to place on the retired list; as, to retire a military or naval officer.
- The board retired the old major.
- (cricket, of a batsman) to voluntarily stop batting before being dismissed so that the next batsman can bat
- Jones retired in favour of Smith.
- (baseball, of a fielder), to make a defensive play which results in a runner or the batter being put out
- Jones retired Smith 6-3.
- (intransitive) To go back or return; to draw back or away; to keep aloof; to withdraw or retreat, as from observation; to go into privacy; as, to retire to his home; to retire from the world, or from notice.
- I will retire to the study.
- (intransitive) To retreat from action or danger; to withdraw for safety or pleasure; as, to retire from battle.
- The regiment retired from the fray after the Major was killed.
- (intransitive) To withdraw from a public station, from working, or from business
- Having made a large fortune, he retired.
- He wants to retire at 55.
- (intransitive) To recede; to fall or bend back; as, the shore of the sea retires in bays and gulfs.
- Past the point, the shore retires into a sequence of coves.
- (intransitive) To go to bed; as, he usually retires early.
- I will retire for the night.
From Middle French retirer (â€œdraw backâ€), from prefix re- (â€œbackâ€), + verb tirer (â€œdraw, pullâ€), from Old French tirer, tirier (â€œto draw out, arrange, adornâ€), from tire, tiere (â€œrow, rank, order, dressâ€) of Germanic origin akin to Old English and Old Saxon tÄ«r (â€œfame, glory, ornamentâ€), Old English tÄ«er (â€œrank, rowâ€), Old High German ziari, zÄ“ri (â€œornamentâ€), German Zier (â€œornament, adornmentâ€), German zieren (â€œto adornâ€). More at tier
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