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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)

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.

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"