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Webster

English Word:

retire


English Pronunciation:

re•tire


Transitive Verb:


⇨Etymology

imperfect & past participle Retired; present participle & verbal noun Retiring.; (French) retirer; prefix re- re- + tirer to draw. See Tirade.


⇨Definition

1. To withdraw; to take away; -- sometimes used reflexively. He... retired himself, his wife, and children into a forest. Sir P. Sidney. As when the sun is present all the year, And never doth retire his golden ray. Sir J. Davies.

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

3. 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.



Intransitive Verb:


⇨Definition

1. 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 Una back he cast him to retire. Spenser. The mind contracts herself, and shrinketh in, And to herself she gladly doth retire. Sir J. Davies.

2. To retreat from action or danger; to withdraw for safety or pleasure; as, to retire from battle. Set Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die. 2 Samaritan xi. 15.

3. To withdraw from a public station, or from business; as, having made a large fortune, he retired. And from Britannia's public posts retire. Addison.

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

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



Noun:


⇨Definition

1. The act of retiring, or the state of being retired; also, a place to which one retires. (obsolete) The battle and the retire of the English succors. Bacon. [Eve] discover'd soon the place of her retire. Milton.

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



Synonyms:

withdraw


leave


depart


secede


recede


retreat


retrocede


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Wiktionary

Etymology:

From Middle French retirer (“draw back”), from prefix re- (“back”), + verb tirer (“draw, pull”), from Old French tirer, tirier (“to draw out, arrange, adorn”), from tire, tiere (“row, rank, order, dress”) of Germanic origin akin to Old English and Old Saxon tīr (“fame, glory, ornament”), Old English tīer (“rank, row”), Old High German ziari, zēri (“ornament”), German Zier (“ornament, adornment”), German zieren (“to adorn”). More at tier


Noun:

retire (plural retires) (rare) The act of retiring, or the state of being retired; also, a place to which one retires. (dated) A call sounded on a bugle, announcing to skirmishers that they are to retire, or fall back. At the retire, the cavalry fell back.


Verb:

retire (third-person singular simple present retires, present participle retiring, simple past and past participle retired) (transitive) To withdraw; to take away; -- sometimes used reflexively. Sir Philip Sidney He retired himself, his wife, and children into a forest. Sir J. Davies As when the sun is present all the year, / And never doth retire his golden ray. (transitive) 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. (transitive) 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. (transitive, cricket, of a batsman) to voluntarily stop batting before being dismissed so that the next batsman can bat Jones retired in favour of Smith. (transitive, baseball, of a fielder), to make a defensive play which results in a runner or the batter being put out Jones retired Smith 6-3. (intransitive) 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. (intransitive) 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. (intransitive) To withdraw from a public station, from working, or from business Having made a large fortune, he retired. He wants to retire at 55. (intransitive) 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. (intransitive) To go to bed; as, he usually retires early. I will retire for the night.


Anagrams:

Terrie


Reference:

retire

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