- 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- to withdraw from use: to retire outdated machinery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 (“draw back”), from prefix re- (“back”), + verb tirer (“draw, pull”), from Old French tirer, tirier (“to draw out, arrange, adorn”), from tire, tiere (“row, rank, order, dress”) of Germanic origin akin to Old English and Old Saxon tīr (“fame, glory, ornament”), Old English tīer (“rank, row”), Old High German ziari, zēri (“ornament”), German Zier (“ornament, adornment”), German zieren (“to adorn”). More at tier
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