Definition of "retire" []

  • To withdraw, as for rest or seclusion. (verb-intransitive)
  • To go to bed. (verb-intransitive)
  • To withdraw from one's occupation, business, or office; stop working. (verb-intransitive)
  • To fall back or retreat, as from battle. (verb-intransitive)
  • To move back or away; recede. (verb-intransitive)
  • To give up or to cause (a person) to give up his or her work, a post, etc, esp on reaching pensionable age (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To go away, as into seclusion, for recuperation, etc (verb)
  • To go to bed (verb)
  • To recede or disappear (verb)
  • To withdraw from a sporting contest, esp because of injury (verb)
  • To pull back (troops, etc) from battle or an exposed position or (of troops, etc) to fall back (verb)
  • To remove (bills, bonds, shares, etc) from circulation by taking them up and paying for them (verb)
  • To remove (money) from circulation (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "retire" in a sentence
  • "But I never actually used the word retire, because I've been working just as hard since then as I did up until then."
  • "U.S. Justice David Souter, shown above when he was nominated by President George H. Bush in 1990, is planning to retire from the United States Supreme Court at the age of 69, creating the first appointment opportunity for President Barack Obama."
  • "No matter what amount of debt a person has, willingness to retire is the first step"