What does retire mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term retire:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. retire(verb)

    go into retirement; stop performing one's work or withdraw from one's position

    "He retired at age 68"

  2. retire, withdraw(verb)

    withdraw from active participation

    "He retired from chess"

  3. withdraw, retreat, pull away, draw back, recede, pull back, retire, move back(verb)

    pull back or move away or backward

    "The enemy withdrew"; "The limo pulled away from the curb"

  4. retire(verb)

    withdraw from circulation or from the market, as of bills, shares, and bonds

  5. adjourn, withdraw, retire(verb)

    break from a meeting or gathering

    "We adjourned for lunch"; "The men retired to the library"

  6. retire(verb)

    make (someone) retire

    "The director was retired after the scandal"

  7. retire(verb)

    dispose of (something no longer useful or needed)

    "She finally retired that old coat"

  8. retire, withdraw(verb)

    lose interest

    "he retired from life when his wife died"

  9. put out, retire(verb)

    cause to be out on a fielding play

  10. retire, strike out(verb)

    cause to get out

    "The pitcher retired three batters"; "the runner was put out at third base"

  11. go to bed, turn in, bed, crawl in, kip down, hit the hay, hit the sack, sack out, go to sleep, retire(verb)

    prepare for sleep

    "I usually turn in at midnight"; "He goes to bed at the crack of dawn"

Wiktionary

  1. retire(Noun)

    The act of retiring, or the state of being retired; also, a place to which one retires.

    His retire is by a lake.

  2. retire(Noun)

    A call sounded on a bugle, announcing to skirmishers that they are to retire, or fall back.

    At the retire, the cavalry fell back.

  3. retire(Verb)

    To withdraw; to take away; -- sometimes used reflexively.

    He retired himself from the party.

  4. retire(Verb)

    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.

  5. retire(Verb)

    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.

  6. retire(Verb)

    to voluntarily stop batting before being dismissed so that the next batsman can bat

    Jones retired in favour of Smith.

  7. retire(Verb)

    , to make a defensive play which results in a runner or the batter being put out

    Jones retired Smith 6-3.

  8. retire(Verb)

    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.

  9. retire(Verb)

    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.

  10. retire(Verb)

    To withdraw from a public station, from working, or from business

  11. retire(Verb)

    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.

  12. retire(Verb)

    To go to bed; as, he usually retires early.

    I will retire for the night.

  13. Origin: From retirer, from prefix re-, + verb tirer, from tirer, tirier, from tire, tiere of origin akin to Old English and Old Saxon tir, Old English tier, Old High German ziari, zēri, German Zier, German zieren. More at tier

Webster Dictionary

  1. Retire(verb)

    to withdraw; to take away; -- sometimes used reflexively

  2. Retire(verb)

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

  3. Retire(verb)

    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

  4. Retire(verb)

    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

  5. Retire(verb)

    to retreat from action or danger; to withdraw for safety or pleasure; as, to retire from battle

  6. Retire(verb)

    to withdraw from a public station, or from business; as, having made a large fortune, he retired

  7. Retire(verb)

    to recede; to fall or bend back; as, the shore of the sea retires in bays and gulfs

  8. Retire(verb)

    to go to bed; as, he usually retires early

  9. Retire(noun)

    the act of retiring, or the state of being retired; also, a place to which one retires

  10. Retire(noun)

    a call sounded on a bugle, announcing to skirmishers that they are to retire, or fall back

  11. Origin: [F. retirer; pref. re- re- + tirer to draw. See Tirade.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Retire

    rē-tīr′, v.i. to draw back: to retreat: to recede: to go to bed.—v.t. to withdraw from circulation, as to retire a bill: to cause to retire.—n. a call sounded on a bugle: act of retiring: retreat: (obs.) a place of retreat.—n. Retī′ral, the act of taking up a bill when due.—adj. Retired′, withdrawn: secluded: private: withdrawn from business.—adv. Retired′ly.—ns. Retired′ness; Retire′ment, act of retiring or withdrawing from society or from public life, or of an army: state of being retired: solitude: privacy.—p.adj. Retir′ing, reserved: unobtrusive: retreating: modest: given to one who retires from a public office or service.—Retired list, a list of officers who are relieved from active service but receive a certain amount of pay. [O. Fr. retirerre-, back, tirer, to draw.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. retire

    The old war-term for retreat. Thus Shakspeare makes Richard Plantagenet exclaim-- "Ne'er may he live to see a sunshine day, That cries Retire, if Warwick bid him stay."

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. retire

    Signifies to fall back a short distance. Also, a bugle-sound intimating to skirmishers that they are to fall back. This bugle-sound in the U. S. service is termed “to the rear.”

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'retire' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4634

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'retire' in Verbs Frequency: #512

How to pronounce retire?

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    US English
    Daniel
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    British
    Karen
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    Australian
    Veena
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    Indian

How to say retire in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of retire in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of retire in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of retire in a Sentence

  1. Irvin Feld:

    It was a place for elephants to retire.

  2. Paul McCartney:

    And Paul McCartney says,' Retire from what ? ,'.

  3. Fidel Castro, Playboy Interview - January 1967:

    I believe that all of us ought to retire relatively young.

  4. Dirk Cotton:

    Getting rid of consumer debt by the time you retire is huge.

  5. Margaret Mead:

    Sooner or later I'm going to die, but I'm not going to retire.

Images & Illustrations of retire

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