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retire - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'retire' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Retire [ n.]
- The act of retiring, or the state of being retired; also, a place to which one retires.
- A call sounded on a bugle, announcing to skirmishers that they are to retire, or fall back.
2 . Retire [ v. i.]
- 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 retreat from action or danger; to withdraw for safety or pleasure; as, to retire from battle.
- To withdraw from a public station, or from business; as, having made a large fortune, he retired.
- To recede; to fall or bend back; as, the shore of the sea retires in bays and gulfs.
- To go to bed; as, he usually retires early.
3 . Retire [ v. t.]
- 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.
- 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.

Meaning of 'retire' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . retire [ v]
Meaning (1):
- prepare for sleep
Example in sentence:
  • He goes to bed at the crack of dawn;
  • I usually turn in at midnight
Meaning (2):
- go into retirement; stop performing one's work or withdraw from one's position
Example in sentence:
  • He retired at age 68
Meaning (3):
- withdraw from active participation
Example in sentence:
  • He retired from chess
Meaning (4):
- lose interest
Example in sentence:
  • he retired from life when his wife died
Meaning (5):
- dispose of (something no longer useful or needed)
Example in sentence:
  • She finally retired that old coat
Meaning (6):
- make (someone) retire
Example in sentence:
  • The director was retired after the scandal
Meaning (7):
- pull back or move away or backward
Example in sentence:
  • The enemy withdrew;
  • The limo pulled away from the curb
Meaning (8):
- break from a meeting or gathering
Example in sentence:
  • The men retired to the library;
  • We adjourned for lunch
Meaning (9):
- cause to get out
Example in sentence:
  • The pitcher retired three batters;
  • the runner was put out at third base