Definition of


  1. (verb, social) go into retirement; stop performing one's work or withdraw from one's position
  2. (verb, social) withdraw from active participation
  3. (verb, motion) pull back or move away or backward
    The limo pulled away from the curb
  4. (verb, social) withdraw from circulation or from the market, as of bills, shares, and bonds
  5. (verb, social) break from a meeting or gathering
    The men retired to the library
  6. (verb, social) make (someone) retire
  7. (verb, possession) dispose of (something no longer useful or needed)
  8. (verb, emotion) lose interest
  9. (verb, contact) cause to be out on a fielding play
  10. (verb, competition) cause to get out
    the runner was put out at third base
  11. (verb, body) prepare for sleep
    He goes to bed at the crack of dawn

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Retire

  1. 1533, of armies, "to retreat," from M.Fr. retirer "to withdraw (something)," from re- "back" + O.Fr. tirer "to draw" (see tirade). Meaning "to withdraw to some place for the sake of seclusion" is recorded from 1538; sense of "leave an occupation" first attested 1648 (implied in retirement). Meaning "to leave company and go to bed" is from 1670. Baseb… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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