Definitions for: Retire


[v] go to bed in order to sleep; "I usually turn in at midnight"; "He turns out at the crack of dawn"
[v] in baseball; "The pitcher retired three batters"
[v] lose interest; "he retired from life when his wife died"
[v] move back and away from; "The enemy fell back"
[v] pull back or move away or backward; "The enemy withdrew"; "The limo pulled away from the curb"
[v] dispose of; as of old clothes; "She finally retired that old coat"
[v] go into retirement; stop performing one's work or withdraw from one's position; "He retired at age 68"
[v] withdraw from active participation; "He retired from chess"
[v] make (someone) retire; "The director was retired after the scandal"
[v] break from a meeting or gathering; "We adjourned for lunch"; "The men retired to the library"
[v] withdraw from circulation or form the market, as of bills, shares, and bonds



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.



2. To withdraw from circulation, or from the market; to take
up and pay; as, to retire bonds; to retire a note.

3. 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.


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.


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.

Synonyms: adjourn, crawl in, fall back, get into bed, go to bed, go to sleep, hit the hay, hit the sack, kip down, pension off, put out, recede, sack out, turn in, withdraw

Antonyms: advance, arise, get up, go on, march on, move on, pass on, progress, rise, turn out, uprise

See Also: assemble, back down, back down, back off, back off, back up, bed down, bow out, bow out, bunk down, can, cast aside, cast away, cast out, cease, chicken out, chuck out, close, close down, discard, discontinue, dismiss, dispose, draw back, ease up, ebb, ebb away, ebb down, ebb off, ebb out, fatigue, fire, fling, fold, force out, foregather, forgather, gather, give, give notice, give the axe, give up, give way, go, jade, lay off, leave office, locomote, meet, move, move back, move over, pall, prorogue, pull away, pull back, pull out, put away, quit, recall, resign, retire, retreat, retrograde, sack, send away, shut down, step down, stop, superannuate, terminate, throw away, throw out, tire, toss, toss away, toss out, travel, weary, withdraw, withdraw, yield

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