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Retire definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

RETI'RE, v.i.
1. To withdraw; to retreat; to go from company or from a public place into privacy; as, to retire from the world; to retire from notice.
2. To retreat from action or danger; as, to retire from battle.
3. To withdraw from a public station. General Washington, in 1796, retired to private life.
4. To break up, as a company or assembly. The company retired at eleven o'clock.
5. To depart or withdraw for safety or for pleasure. Men retire from the town in summer for health and pleasure. But in South Carolina, the planters retire from their estates to Charleston, or to an isle near the town.
6. To recede; to fall back. The shore of the sea retires in bays and gulfs.
RETI'RE, v.t. To withdraw; to take away.
He retired himself, his wife and children into a forest.
As when the sun is present all the year, and never doth retire his golden ray.
[This transitive use of retire is now obsolete.]
1. Retreat; recession; a withdrawing. Obs.
2. Retirement; place of privacy. Obs.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: go into retirement; stop performing one's work or withdraw from one's position; "He retired at age 68"
2: withdraw from active participation; "He retired from chess" [syn: retire, withdraw]
3: pull back or move away or backward; "The enemy withdrew"; "The limo pulled away from the curb" [syn: withdraw, retreat, pull away, draw back, recede, pull back, retire, move back] [ant: advance, go on, march on, move on, pass on, progress]
4: withdraw from circulation or from the market, as of bills, shares, and bonds
5: break from a meeting or gathering; "We adjourned for lunch"; "The men retired to the library" [syn: adjourn, withdraw, retire]
6: make (someone) retire; "The director was retired after the scandal"
7: dispose of (something no longer useful or needed); "She finally retired that old coat"
8: lose interest; "he retired from life when his wife died" [syn: retire, withdraw]
9: cause to be out on a fielding play [syn: put out, retire]
10: cause to get out; "The pitcher retired three batters"; "the runner was put out at third base" [syn: retire, strike out]
11: prepare for sleep; "I usually turn in at midnight"; "He goes to bed at the crack of dawn" [syn: go to bed, turn in, bed, crawl in, kip down, hit the hay, hit the sack, sack out, go to sleep, retire] [ant: arise, get up, rise, turn out, uprise]

Merriam Webster's

verb (retired; retiring) Etymology: Middle French retirer, from re- + tirer to draw Date: 1533 intransitive verb 1. to withdraw from action or danger ; retreat 2. to withdraw especially for privacy <retired to her room> 3. to move back ; recede 4. to withdraw from one's position or occupation ; conclude one's working or professional career 5. to go to bed transitive verb 1. withdraw: as a. to march (a military force) away from the enemy b. to withdraw from circulation or from the market ; recall <retire a bond> c. to withdraw from usual use or service 2. to cause to retire from one's position or occupation 3. a. to put out (a batter or batsman) in baseball or cricket b. to cause (a side) to end a turn at bat in baseball 4. to win permanent possession of (as a trophy) 5. to pay in full ; settle <retire a debt>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. 1 a intr. leave office or employment, esp. because of age (retire from the army; retire on a pension). b tr. cause (a person) to retire from work. 2 intr. withdraw; go away; retreat. 3 intr. seek seclusion or shelter. 4 intr. go to bed. 5 tr. withdraw (troops). 6 intr. & tr. Cricket (of a batsman) voluntarily end or be compelled to suspend one's innings (retired hurt). 7 tr. Econ. withdraw (a bill or note) from circulation or currency. Phrases and idioms: retire from the world become a recluse. retire into oneself become uncommunicative or unsociable. retiring age the age at which most people normally retire from work. Derivatives: retirer n. Etymology: F retirer (as RE-, tirer draw)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Retire Re*tire", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Retired; p. pr. & vb. n. Retiring.] [F. retirer; pref. re- re- + tirer to draw. See Tirade.] 1. To withdraw; to take away; -- sometimes used reflexively. He . . . retired himself, his wife, and children into a forest. --Sir P. Sidney. As when the sun is present all the year, And never doth retire his golden ray. --Sir J. Davies.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Retire Re*tire", v. i. 1. 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. To Una back he cast him to retire. --Spenser. The mind contracts herself, and shrinketh in, And to herself she gladly doth retire. --Sir J. Davies. 2. To retreat from action or danger; to withdraw for safety or pleasure; as, to retire from battle. Set Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die. --2 Sam. xi. 15. 3. To withdraw from a public station, or from business; as, having made a large fortune, he retired. And from Britannia's public posts retire. --Addison. 4. To recede; to fall or bend back; as, the shore of the sea retires in bays and gulfs. 5. To go to bed; as, he usually retires early. Syn: To withdraw; leave; depart; secede; recede; retreat; retrocede.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Retire Re*tire", n. 1. The act of retiring, or the state of being retired; also, a place to which one retires. [Obs.] The battle and the retire of the English succors. --Bacon. [Eve] discover'd soon the place of her retire. --Milton. 2. (Mil.) A call sounded on a bugle, announcing to skirmishers that they are to retire, or fall back.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(retires, retiring, retired) Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. When older people retire, they leave their job and usually stop working completely. At the age when most people retire, he is ready to face a new career... In 1974 he retired from the museum. VERB: V, V from n 2. When a sports player retires from their sport, they stop playing in competitions. When they retire from a race or a match, they stop competing in it. I have decided to retire from Formula One racing at the end of the season... VERB: V from n 3. If you retire to another room or place, you go there. (FORMAL) Eisenhower left the White House and retired to his farm in Gettysburg. VERB: V to n 4. When a jury in a court of law retires, the members of it leave the court in order to decide whether someone is guilty or innocent. The jury will retire to consider its verdict today. VERB: V 5. When you retire, you go to bed. (FORMAL) She retires early most nights, exhausted... Some time after midnight, he retired to bed. VERB: V, V to n 6. see also retired, retiring

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. v. a. Withdraw from circulation (as currency). II. v. n. 1. Withdraw, depart, retreat, remove, leave. 2. Recede, retrocede, fall back, beat a retreat.

Moby Thesaurus

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