- 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.
retire definition by Webster's New World
- 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: French retirer ; from re-, back plush 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- to withdraw from use: to retire outdated machinery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
retire definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb re·tired, re·tir·ing, re·tires verb, intransitive
- To withdraw, as for rest or seclusion.
- To go to bed.
- To withdraw from one's occupation, business, or office; stop working.
- To fall back or retreat, as from battle.
- To move back or away; recede.
- To cause to withdraw from one's usual field of activity: retired all executives at 55.
- To lead (troops, for example) away from action; withdraw.
- To take out of circulation: retired the bonds.
- To withdraw from use or active service: retiring an old battleship.
- Baseball a. To put out (a batter).b. To cause (the opposing team) to end a turn at bat.
Origin: French retirer, to retreat, from Old French, to take back : re-, re- + tirer, to draw; see tier1.
retire - Legal Definition